3rd Light Armoured Brigade (France)
|3e Brigade Légère Blindée|
The insignia represents three crescents
|Active||1999 – 2016|
|Motto(s)||"Un seul but : la victoire"|
The 3rd Light Armoured Brigade was dissolved on June 16, 2016.
The 3rd Division was recreated on June 20, 2016 within the cadre of the reorganization of the French Army.
History of the brigade
3rd Algerian Infantry Division
3rd Armoured Division
The 3rd Division was reconstituted in 1951 at the corps of the French Forces in Germany (French: Forces françaises en Allemagne, FFA). This was a grand unit of almost 15000 men covering the Western part of Germany and comprising three brigades:
- The 5th Mechanised Brigade at Tübingen;
- The 12th Mechanised Brigade at Offenbourg;
- The 13th Motoryzed Brigade at Konstanz
the division became the 3rd Armoured Division in 1978. Three infantry regiments, two tank regiments, two artillery regiments, one engineer regiment, and one command and support regiment. During the transformation of the FFA into FFECSA (French: forces françaises et élément civil stationnés en Allemagne) (French Forces and Civilian Element), the division was redimensioned and dissolved in 1991.
3rd Mechanised Brigade
In 1999, the 3rd Mechanised Brigade was created within the cadres of reforms of the French Army. The brigade adopted the traditions of the 3rd Armoured Division.
The brigade regrouped six tactical regimental formations with a mission to prepare for engagement in an interarm, national and multinational context.
The headquarter staff of the Mechanised Brigade garrisoned at Clermont-Ferrand on July 1, 2011.
3rd Light Armoured Brigade
On March 18, 2014, the brigade became designated as 3rd Light Armoured Brigade. This formation counted at that date 5 regiments with an effectif of 5000 men.
Following the modeling presentation of the French Army in 2016, the brigade disappeared, the headquarter staff at Clermont-Ferrand was retaken by the headquarter staff of the 4th Aero-Combat Brigade (4e BAC), newly created, and the regiments integrated in the following brigades
- 126e RI de Brive: 9e BIMa de Poitiers
- 92e RI de Clermont: 2e BB de Strasbourg
- 68e RAA de la Valbonne:7e BB de Besançon
- 31e RG de Castelsarrasin: did not join a brigade, directly subordinated to the 3rd Division
Composition until 2009
- 1er Régiment d'infanterie de marine, 1er RIMa
- 92nd Infantry Regiment (French: 92e Régiment d'infanterie, 92e RI)
- 126e Régiment d'infanterie, 126e RI
- Company anti-tank (CAC)
- 68th Artillery Regiment (French: 68e régiment d'artillerie, 68e RA)
- Command and Transmission Company
Composition since 2009
- The 3rd Mechanised Brigade counted 7000 in:
- 1er Régiment d'infanterie de marine de Angoulême ;
- 126e Régiment d'infanterie de Brive-la-Gaillarde ;
- 92e régiment d'infanterie de ligne de Clermont-Ferrand ;
- 68e régiment d'artillerie d'afrique de La Valbonne ;
- 31e régiment du génie de Castelsarrasin.
Heraly & Traditions
The insignia of "Victory" (French: La Victoire) of Cirta (province of Numidia, today Constantine (provence in Algeria)) is supported by three crescents representing the Muslims, which composed the majority of the division, allied to the "métros" (blue white red).Origin of the insignia, La Victoire
The "Victory" (French: La Victoire) was a Roman Goddess protector of the Emperors that the Legio III Augusta de Cirta particularly venerated. She was found within a search at Constantine in the 19th century.
Emblem & insignia
The units of the 3rd Mechanised Brigade bore the shoulder insignia of 3 tricolor crescents on champ d'azur.
The 3 crescents, formed themselves a styled "3", symbolizing the union in 1943 of the Muslim volunteers (the crescents) and metropole (the three colors) for the Liberation of France.
The motto of the 3rd Brigade was : "Un seul but : La victoire" which translated to "One purpose : La victoire".
- Official site (in French) – 3e BM