List of French paratrooper units

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Chuteur Opérationnel Instructor and Moniteur Brevet of the French Armed Forces including French Foreign Legion, similarly, the Golden Insignia of the R.E.P Legion Instructor and Moniteur Brevet, centered by the flag colors of the Legion.
Chuteur Opérationnel Brevet of Commando Parachute Group of the French Armed Forces including French Foreign Legion, similarly, the Golden Insignia of the R.E.P Legion Commando Parachute Brevet, centered by the flag colors of the Legion.
Paratrooper Moniteur Brevet of the French Armed Forces including French Foreign Legion, similarly, the Golden Insignia of the R.E.P Legion Moniteur Brevet, centered by the flag colors of the Legion.
French and Foreign Legion Parachute Brevet, similarly the R.E.P numerote paratrooper brevet, centered by the flag colors of the Legion.

The history of French airborne units began in the Interwar period when the French Armed Forces formed specialized paratroopers units. First formed in the French Air Force, they were rapidly integrated into the French Army, French Navy, National Gendarmerie and from the British Armed Forces. They were then dispersed in forming the developing components of the Armed Forces of France.

French Air Force[edit]

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Fusiliers Commandos de l'Air include:

Air Engineers[edit]

French Army[edit]

Parachute Divisions[edit]

Parachute Brigades and Groups[edit]

Parachute Demi-Brigades[edit]

Parachute Centers of Formation and Schools[edit]

French Foreign Legion[edit]

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.

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Foreign parachute battalions, regiments, companies and units of the French Foreign Legion include:

Foreign Parachute Companies, Battalions & Regiments[edit]

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D.I.N.O.P.S, P.C.G & Commandos of the French Foreign Legion[edit]

Parachute, Underwater Demolition and Diving Units of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade (French: 6e Brigade Légère Blindée, 6e BLB) include:

Parachute, Underwater Demolition, Diving Units and Commandos of the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade (27e MIB) include:

Parachute Artillery[edit]

Parachute Cavalry[edit]

Parachute Engineer[edit]

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Air Engineers[edit]

Air Engineer Battalions and Regiments of the French Army operated by the French Air Force include :

Parachute Infantry[edit]

Patrol Chasseurs[edit]

General Parachute Infantry[edit]

French Air Force Commando de l'Air, Parachute Chasseur, British Army Special Air Service (S.A.S) & 1er R.P.I.Ma[edit]

Choc Paratroopers[edit]

Colonial and Troupes de Marine[edit]

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Colonial and Marine Infantry Parachute Regiments[edit]

Battalions and Colonial Parachute Groups[edit]

French Train Parachute Regiments[edit]

Parachute Companies and Regiments[edit]

  • Air Support Companies (CRA).
  • Air Delivery Regiment (RLA - dissolved).
  • 1st Train Parachute Regiment (French: 1er Régiment du Train Parachutiste) (1er RTP).

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Airborne Bases[edit]

Parachute Command and Support[edit]

Vietnamese, Laotien and Cambodian Parachute Units[edit]

Algerian Parachute Units[edit]

French Navy[edit]

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Marine Naval Force Fusiliers and Commandos (French: Force maritime des fusiliers marins et commandos) include the following Forces Fusiliers Marins and Commandos Marine:

National Gendarmerie[edit]

Paratroopers of the National Gendarmerie include:

Paratroopers of the National Police (French: Police Nationale) include:

Medics[edit]

Combat medics in the French Armed Forces are part of the French Defence Health Service However, each French and Foreign regiment, battalion, company and unit has their own specialized combats medics (including women), with ranks designating various unit level sizes. For French Regiments sizes mainly engaged in combat conflicts, the leading Medical leadership would be a Colonel or Lieutenant-colonel and can also be designated as Parachute Medical-Colonel of the Army (French: Médecin-Colonel Parachutiste de l'Armée).
For French Foreign Legion Regiments, Medics can be French and Foreign, while the leading Medical leadership would be a Colonel or Lieutenant-colonel and can also be designated as Foreign Parachute Medical-Colonel]] (French: Médecin-Chef Parachutiste des Régiments, Bataillons et Compagnies Etranger de Parachutistes).

See also[edit]

References & notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Frédéric AUTHIE. "1er RCP - Site officiel -". defense.gouv.fr.
  2. ^ a b Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
  3. ^ [1] Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, Traditions, Chant du 2e REP
  4. ^ a b GYI. "Les origines..." legion-etrangere.com.
  5. ^ GYI. "1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com.
  6. ^ GYI. "1er Régiment Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com.
  7. ^ a b GYI. "3e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com.
  8. ^ GYI. "2e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com.
  9. ^ a b GYI. "1er Régiment étranger de génie". legion-etrangere.com.
  10. ^ GYI. "2e Régiment étranger de génie". legion-etrangere.com.
  11. ^ a b GYI. "Structure du 2ème régiement étranger de génie". legion-etrangere.com.
  12. ^ "17e régiment du génie parachutiste". defense.gouv.fr.

Bibliography[edit]

  • E. Micheletti et J. Baltzer, Insignes et brevets parachutistes de l'armée française, éditions Histoires et Collections, 2001, ISBN 2-913903-11-8.
  • Collectif, Histoire des parachutistes français (History of French Paratroopers), Société de Production Littéraire, 1975.

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