24th Airborne Division (France)

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24th Airborne Division
24e Division Aéroportée
Brevet parachutiste FFL.jpg
Active 1945 - 1945
Country  France
Branch French Army
Type Airbrone Division
Role Airborne Infantry
Abbreviation 24e D.A.P

The 24th Airborne Division, (French: 24e Division Aéroportée, 24e D.A.P) was a unit of the French Army, infantry dominated, specialized in airborne combats and air assaults. Constituted on July 1945, the Division existed ephemerally and during the dissolution in October of the same year, a significant amount of the Division's constitution would be seen transferred to the 25th Airborne Division in lieu recently of being constituted.

Creation and different nominations[edit]

History, garrisons, campaigns and battles[edit]

This Division, first of a kind and genre in France, was constituted on July 16, 1945 based on the American model of U.S. Airborne Division formations. The forming infantry components of the Division were based on the active paratrooper units present in the Air Force, figuring components of the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment 1e R.C.P, the 2nd Parachute Chasseur Regiment 2e R.C.P, the 3rd Parachute Chasseur Regiment 3e R.C.P, the 4e R.I.A S.A.S and the 1st Choc Airborne Infantry Regiment 1er R.I.C.A.P, constituting the Choc Battalions B.C of the 1st Army with other forming infantry contingents from other active Divisions.[1]

With effectifs undergoing reduction, the 3rd Parachute Chasseur Regiment 3e R.C.P and the 4e R.I.A were dissolved. During this period, elements of the French Air Force were transferred to the French Army on August 1, 1945.

The 24th Airborne Division 24e D.A.P was dissolved. Elements remaining of the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment, 1e R.C.P, the 2nd Parachute Chasseur Regiment 2e R.C.P, the 1st Choc Airborne Infantry Regiment 1er R.I.C.A.P and other forming components were transferred to the 25th Motoryzed Infantry Division 25e D.I.M, which would become the 25th Airborne Division 25e D.A.P in February 1946. Accordingly, général Bonjour assumed command of the newly formed 25th Airborne Division.

Division Commander[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ In Histoire des parachutistes français, page 72.

Sources and Bibliographies[edit]

  • Collectif, Histoire des parachutistes français, Société de Production Littéraire, 1975.