12th Foreign Infantry Regiment

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12th Foreign Legion Infantry Regiment
(12e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie)
Active November 6, 1939 - 1940
Country  France
Branch France
Type Infantry
Size 3,000 men
Each year, the French Foreign Legion commemorates and celebrates Camarón in its headquarters in Aubagne and Bastille Day military parade in Paris; featuring the Pionniers leading and opening the way.

The 12th Foreign Infantry Regiment (French: 12e Régiment étranger d'infanterie, 12e REI) was an infantry regiment of the French Foreign Legion which existed from 1939 to 1940 at the beginning of the World War II.

History[edit]

The regiment was sent from its training camp at La Valbonne straight into action at Soissons, Picardy on 11 May 1940.[1] After fighting its way out of encirclement it was broken as a unit by 6 June 1940.[2] By the Armistice the remaining men, only 300 of the 2,800 men that had completed training, had reached Limoges in central France.[3]

See also[edit]

11th Foreign Infantry Regiment

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. p. 251. 
  2. ^ Geraghty, Tony (1986). March or Die: France and the Foreign Legion. p. 183. 
  3. ^ Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. p. 252. 

References[edit]

  • Geraghty, Tony (1986). March or Die: France and the Foreign Legion. London: Grafton Books. ISBN 0-246-11975-6. 
  • Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. England: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-3939-7.