6th Light Armoured Brigade (France)

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6e Brigade Légère Blindée
Insigne 6e BLB.jpg
Badge of the brigade

6th Light Armoured Division

  • 1984 - 1999

6th Light Armoured Brigade

  • 1 July 1999 – present
Country France
Branch French Army
French Foreign Legion
Type Light Armour Brigade
Role motorised infantry
Size ~7,500 (including Legionnaires)
Part of 3rd Division
Garrison/HQ Nîmes
Nickname(s) Division Daguet
Motto(s) Vite, fort et bien ("Swiftly, Powerfully and Well")

6th Light Armoured Division
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The 6th Light Armoured Brigade (French: 6e Brigade Légère Blindée, 6e BLB) one of the eight inter-arm brigades which are at the disposition of the Commandement de la force d'action terrestre. The headquarters of the brigade is situated in Nîmes. The brigade is capable of deploying to any exterior theatre of operation while delivering fire power, agility, and mobility.


The brigade is heir to the 6th Cavalry Division (French: 6e Division de cavalerie) of 1914, the 6th Light Cavalry Division of 1940 (French: 6e Division Légère de Cavalerie), the 6th Armoured Division of Compiègne (1951-1957) (French: 6e Division Blindée de Compiègne) and the 6th Armoured Division of Strasbourg (1977-1984) (French: 6e Division Blindée de Strasbourg).

Following the reforms of the French Army in 1999, the division was renamed the 6th Light Armoured Brigade (French: 6e Brigade Légère Blindée, 6e B.L.B).

Organization in 1984[edit]

In 1984, the unit was named 6th Light Armoured Division 6e DLB and was part of the Rapid Action Force (1984-1999). The division then was formed of 7 regiments, 5 professionals out which 3 are part of the French Foreign Legion:

Organization in 2007[edit]

Strong with the French Foreign Legion and Troupes de Marine consisting of 6000 service personnel with 2100 wheeled vehicles, this brigade is composed of the following 6 regiments and one transmission company:

Organization in 2009[edit]

Strong with 6000 service personnel, legionnaires and Troupes de Marine the brigade is composed of:[1]

Organization in 2016[edit]

Mostly manned with troops from the French Foreign Legion and Troupes de Marine, the brigade is composed of:

Division & Brigade Commanders[edit]

(1984 - 1999)[edit]

  • 1984 - 1986 : général de division Moreau
  • 1986 - 1988 : général de brigade Favreau
  • 1988 - 1990 : général de brigade Pincemin
  • 1990 - 1991 : général de brigade Mouscardès
  • 1991 - 1993 : général de division Bernard Janvier
  • 1993 - 1994 : général de division Bâton
  • 1994 - 1996 : général de division Rideau
  • 1996 - 1999 : général de brigade Schwrdorffer

(1999 - present)[edit]

  • 1999 - 2000: général de brigade Barro
  • 2000 - 2002: général de brigade de Kermabon
  • 2002 – 2004: général de brigade Bruno Dary
  • 2006 – 2008: général de brigade Bertrand Clément-Bollée
  • 2008 – 2010: général de brigade Eric Margail
  • 2010 – 2012: général de brigade Antoine Windeck
  • 2012 – 2014: général de brigade Laurent Kolodziej
  • 2014 – 2016: général de brigade Pierre Gillet
  • 2016 - 20xx: général de brigade Benoit Durieux

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "6e Brigade Légère Blindée". French government. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 

External links[edit]