1st Foreign Parachute Heavy Mortar Company

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1st Foreign Parachute Heavy Mortar Company
(1re Compagnie étrangère parachutiste de mortiers lourds)
Insigne 1°CEPML.jpg
Company Insignia
Active September 1953 - August 1954
Country  France
Allegiance Flag of legion.svgFrench Foreign Legion
Branch France French Army
Type Airborne forces
Role Infantry support
Size 71 men
Garrison/HQ Quynh Loi, Hanoi, French Indochina
Colors Green & Red
Equipment Eight 120mm mortars
Engagements Operation Castor
Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Disbanded August 1954

The 1st Foreign Parachute Heavy Mortar Company (French: 1re Compagnie étrangère parachutiste de mortiers lourds, 1re CEPML) was an airborne heavy mortar company that briefly existed during the First Indochina War from September 1953 to 31 May 1954.

Monument commemorating the Service of Fallen Legionnaires around the globe; headquarters of the French Foreign Legion at Aubagne

History[edit]

Members of the 1st Foreign Parachute Heavy Mortar Company in Indochina.

The company was established in Hanoi on September 1, 1953 from elements of the 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion and the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion,[1] mostly of artillery specialists. It was attached to the 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion[1] for administrative purposes. The 1re CEPML was created with the challenge to be operational within two months of its foundation. In this regard the 1re CEPML was successful and the company was able to participate in Operation Castor making its first combat jump on November 20, 1953 over Dien Bien Phu.[2] The 1st CEPML made a combat jump alongside Chef de Battalion Marcel Bigeard's 6th Colonial Parachute Battalion.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Braby & Windrow, Wayne & Martin (1985). French Foreign Legion Paratroops. Osprey Books Ltd. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-85045-629-5. 
  2. ^ Braby & Windrow, Wayne & Martin (1985). French Foreign Legion Paratroops. Osprey Books Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-85045-629-5. 

References[edit]

  • Braby, Wayne & Windrow, Martin. French Foreign Legion Paratroops. London: Osprey Publishing, 1985. ISBN 978-0-85045-629-5