2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment
|2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment|
(2e Régiment Étranger de Cavalerie)
Regimental Insignia of the 2 REC
July 1939 – January 1, 1946|
November 1946 – January 1962
The Regimental Colors
|Allegiance||French Foreign Legion|
|Colors||Green & Red|
World War II|
First Indochina War
Regimental Colors of the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte as of 1984
The 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment (French: 2e Régiment Étranger de Cavalerie, 2e REC) was a foreign cavalry regiment of the Foreign Legion. While the regiment was dissolved twice in 1946 and 1962; the regimental colors have been entrusted by the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte since 1984.
- 1 History
- 2 Traditions
- 3 Regimental Commanders
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment since 1939
World War II
At the outbreak of World War II, the 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment was stationed in Morocco and part of it were quickly attached to the 97th Reconnaissance Group of the Infantry Division, (G.R.D 97) (French: Groupement de reconnaissance divisionnaire 97 (GRD97)) which engaged in combat in France during the German spring offensive of 1940, and which the commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Boyer de Latour, was killed leading at the bois de Noroy the 9th of July of the same year. Following the armistice, the regiment was dissolved on November 15, 1940 and the regimental colours were entrusted to the honor guard of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment.
The 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment was officially dissolved on June 1, 1946 at Sidi Bel Abbès, however, the regiment was recreated in November of the same year, garrisoned at Oujda, where the regiment would remain until 1956. The mission of the regiment was to instruct and train reinforcements destined for the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment in the Far East.
North Africa and Algerian War
Following the Paris accords in 1954 and the departure for Indochina in 1955, the 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment participated to the securing of Moroccan territories then, starting from 1956 to the missions of maintaining order in Algeria, first in the sector of Laghouat, then, starting from 1958, along the Tunisian border. In January 1962, the 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment made way on Biskra before being dissolved again following the Evian accords.
In 5 years of campaigning in Algeria, the 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment eliminated more than 1022 rebels and captured 697 arms, of which 30 machine guns. The 2nd Squadron (2e Esc) was attached to the 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment when deployed to take part in the operations of the Suez Canal Crisis.
Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte
Beret Insignia of the D.L.E.M
Regimental Insignia of the 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment, 2e R.E.C
Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte, D.L.E.M
As inscribed on the regimental colors of the 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment:
2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment
- Major (France)
- French Foreign Legion Music Band (MLE)
- Paul Gardy
- René Lennuyeux
- 1st Mounted Saharan Squadron of the Foreign Legion
- Armored Train of the Foreign Legion
- Passage Company of the Foreign Legion
- 5th Heavy Weight Transport Company
-  Official Website of the Foreign Legion Detachment in Mayotte, the D.L.M.E today
- Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. p. 233.
- Windrow, Martin (1996). French Foreign Legion 1914-1945. p. 34.
- Windrow, Martin (1996). French Foreign Legion Since 1945. p. 47.
- Windrow, Martin (1996). French Foreign Legion Since 1945. p. 42.
- Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. England: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-3939-7.
- Windrow, Martin (1996). French Foreign Legion 1914-1945. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-85532-761-9.
- Windrow, Martin (1996). French Foreign Legion Since 1945. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-85532-621-3.
- 2e REC – History & images of the 2e REC