11th Foreign Infantry Regiment
|11th Foreign Infantry Regiment
(11e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie)
The 11th REI defended the northern Inor Wood near Verdun from the German offensive early on in the battle until June 11, 1940, when the regiment began a fighting retreat to the south. By June 18, the 11th REI had lost three-fourths of its strength and the regiment withdrew to the south near Toul. The regimental flag was burned at Crezilles near Nancy to prevent it falling into German hands.
The 11th Foreign Infantry Regiment was composed of 2,500 veterans of the Legion who had served in North Africa and 500 Legionnaire reservists.
- Porch, Douglas (1992). French Foreign Legion: The Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force. pp. 2–4.
- Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. p. 252.
- Porch, Douglas (1992). French Foreign Legion: The Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force. p. 455.