1st Parachute Hussar Regiment

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1er Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes
Insigne régimentaire du 1er régiment de hussards parachutistes.jpg
Regimental badge of the 1er RHP
Active 1720–1815
Country France
Branch French Army
Type Airborne Cavalry
Part of 11th Parachute Brigade
Garrison/HQ Tarbes
Nickname Bercheny
Patron St Michel, St Georges
Colors Red and blue
Equipment see Equipment
Decorations see Decorations
Battle honours see Battle Honours
Colonel De Montgros
Badge of the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment worn on Maroon Berets. This badge is also worn by French Foreign Legion Paratroopers on Green Berets. Insigne de béret Parachutiste métro et légion.jpg
Abbreviation 1 RHP

The 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment (French: 1er Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes, 1er RHP) is an airborne cavalry unit in the French army, founded in 1720 by Hungarian noble Ladislas Ignace de Bercheny. It is stationed in Tarbes and is a part of the 11th Parachute Brigade.


The 1st RHP consists of:

  • Command and Logistics Squadron (ECL)
  • 1st Squadron, Air-transportable armored (1er Escadron)
  • 2nd Squadron, Air-transportable armored (2e Escadron)
  • 3rd Squadron, Reconnaissance and Anti-Tank (ERIAC) (only unit fully parachutable, both men and equipment) (3e Escadron)
  • 4th Squadron, Air-transportable armored (4e Escadron)
    • 13 VBL
    • 12 ERC 90 Sagaie
  • 5th Squadron, operational reserve (5e Escadron)
  • 11th Squadron, training and education (disbanded on 14 January 2011)
  • GCP Platoon
    • Two teams of ten commandos.


1er RHP beret


VBL (armoured light vehicle) of the French 1st Airborne Hussars Regiment in Afghanistan.
An ERC 90 Sagaie of the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment in Côte d'Ivoire in 2003.


  • MILAN anti-tank guided missile (24)


Battle honours[edit]

Flag of the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment with its battle honours



1st Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars
1st Hussar troopers in 1905
  • 1720: Bercheny
  • 1791: 1er Régiment de Hussards
  • 1814: Hussards du Roi
  • 1815: 1er Régiment de Hussards
  • 1815: Dissolved
  • 1816: Hussards du Jura
  • 1824: Hussards de Chartres
  • 1848: 1er Régiment de Hussards
  • 1928: Dissolved
  • 1928: 1er Régiment de Hussards
  • 1940: Dissolved
  • 1945: 1er Régiment de Hussards
  • 1946: 1er Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes


Standard of the 1st RHP
Flag Guard of the 1st RHP

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