25th Parachute Division (France)

25eD.P. Shoulder Arm Insignia featuring
Golden White Winged Spear
Organizational Chart of the 25th Parachute Division in April 1960
The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.
Circled Winged Armed Dextrochere of French Foreign Legion Paratroopers
French and Foreign Legion Parachute Brevet.
Anchored Winged Armed Dextrochere of French Army Marine Infantry Paratroopers
Insignia of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment
Insignia of 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment
Insignia of 14th Parachute Chasseur Regiment
Insignia of 18th Parachute Chasseur Regiment
Insignia of 35{{sup|e}} Régiment d'Artillerie Parachutiste
Insignia of 13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment
Insignia of 1{{sup|er}} Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes
Insignia of 8{{sup|e}} Régiment de Parachutistes d'Infanterie de Marine

Airborne division of the French Army, part of the French Airborne Units.

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1st Parachute Hussar Regiment of the 11th Parachute Brigade, on Bastille Day, Paris.
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25th Parachute Division (25th Parachute Division 25e DP, dissolved).

French Army

Land-based and largest component of the French Armed Forces.

The French Royal Army at the Battle of Denain (1712)
The Gardes françaises at the Battle of Fontenoy (1745)
The French Revolutionary Army at the Battle of Jemappes (1792)
After defeating Prussian forces at Jena, the Grande Armée entered Berlin on 27 October 1806
The conquest of Algeria
The Battle of Magenta
French Poilus posing with their war-torn flag in 1917, during World War I
Brigadier general Charles de Gaulle
Free French Foreign Legionnaires at the Battle of Bir Hakeim (1942)
Soldiers of the 4th zouaves regiment during the Algerian War
An VBMR Griffon of the French Army in 14 Juillet, 2021
Leclerc main battle tank
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The HK416F is the new service rifle of the French military.
Paratroopers from 2e REP during exercise Wessex Storm.
Véhicule blindé de combat d'infanterie
CAESAR self-propelled howitzer along with PVP.
Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter
VBMR Griffon Multi-purpose armoured vehicle.
Ceremonial parade for the commemoration of 8 May 1945
Members of 21e RIMA in parade formation
Officers during military parade on the Champs-Élysées, Paris

The Army created two parachute divisions in 1956, the 10th Parachute Division under the command of General Jacques Massu and the 25th Parachute Division under the command of General Sauvagnac.

11th Parachute Brigade (France)

Unit of the French Army, dominantly infantry, part of the French Airborne Units and specialized in air combat and air assault.

Organizational Chart of the 11th Light Intervention Division on May 1, 1961
Organizational Chart of the 11th Division on July 1, 1966
Mortars in action during rescue operations at Kolwezi.
A radio on a jeep during operation Bonite.
French Paratroopers of the Multinational Force in Lebanon with a LRAC F1 on April 1, 1983.
A light armored vehicle of the 1er Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes in 2006 in Afghanistan.
Organizational Chart of the 11th Parachute Brigade in 2011
ERC-90 of the 1er Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes.
The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.
French Commando Parachute Group Brevet of Chuteur Opérationnel
Anchored Winged Armed Dextrochere of French Army Marine Infantry Paratroopers
French Parachute Brevet.
Insignia of 1{{sup|e}} Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes
Insignia of 1{{sup|er}} Régiment de Hussards Parachutistes
Insignia of 1st Parachute Train Transport Regiment
Insignia of 3{{sup|e}} Régiment de Parachutistes d'Infanterie de Marine
Insignia of 8{{sup|e}} Régiment de Parachutistes d'Infanterie de Marine
Insignia of 17{{sup|e}} Régiment du Génie Parachutiste
Insignia of 35{{sup|e}} Régiment d'Artillerie Parachutiste

The 11th Parachute Brigade, originally the 11th Light Intervention Division (11e DLI), was created from airborne units of the 10th Parachute Division 10e D.P and 25th Parachute Division 25e D.P, both dissolved following the Algiers putsch of 1961 during the Algerian War.

2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment

Only airborne regiment of the Foreign Legion in the French Army.

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Elements of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion during the First Indochina War.
Legionnaires of the 1st Foreign Parachute Heavy Mortar Company in Indochina.
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Insignias of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment.
The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.
Colors of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
Colonel Paul Marie Félix Jacques René Arnaud de Foïard
(1921–2005).
Colonel Philippe Louis Edmé Marie François Erulin
(1932–1979).
Colonel Bruno Dary
Regimental Colors of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment flying at the regiment's barracks at Calvi, Corsica
French parachute brevet.
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<center>Croix de la Valeur militaire</center>
<center>Croix de guerre des théâtres d'opérations extérieures </center>
<center>Fourragère with color ruban of the Legion of Honor</center>

The combat companies of the 2e B.E.P were formed by the 4th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion in Morocco and the depot of the foreign regiments in Sidi-bel-Abbès, were assigned by the 25th Airborne Division Element.

13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment

Special reconnaissance regiment of the French Army.

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13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment Scouts

The regiment first integrated the 25th Parachute Division constituted on June 1956, following which the regiment was then transferred on July 1, 1957 to the 10th Parachute Division during the Algerian War.

French Foreign Legion

Corps of the French Army with a specific command and comprising several specialities: infantry, cavalry, engineers, airborne troops.

The Foreign Legion's grenade emblem
Uniform of a legionnaire during the 1863 Mexican campaign
Jean Danjou's prosthetic wooden hand.
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Monument commemorating the soldiers of the Foreign Legion killed on duty during the South-Oranese campaign (1897–1902).
Review of the Marching Regiment of the Foreign Legion, RMLE at the end of November 1918
Americans in the Foreign Legion, 1916.
American poet Alan Seeger (1888–1916),
in his Marching Regiment uniform.
Paul-Frédéric Rollet (1875–1941)
The Father of the Legion
Legionnaires in Morocco, c. 1920
Free French Legionnaires assaulting an Axis strong point at the battle of Bir Hakeim, 1942.
Parachute company of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment.
1st Foreign Parachute Regiment formed and commanded by
Legion Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Paul Jeanpierre (1912–1958).
Good Conduct Certificate, Lt Col Paul Paschal (1919–1994), 1er REP, 15 August 1960
Marche ou Crève and More Majorum for Legion Officers, Sous-Officiers and Legionnaires of the CEPs, BEPs and REPs of the Legion.
Tenue of a Legionnaire of the Saharan Mounted Companies of the Foreign Legion (CSPLE). Often blue or red and worn by all the soldiers of the Army of Africa; the Legion however, officially adopted the Ceinture Bleue (blue sash) in 1882.
Legion Officer Lieutenant-colonel Prince Count Aage of Rosenborg (1887–1940).
The 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion parading through Roman ruins in Lambaesis, Algeria (circa 1958).
The 6th Light Armoured Division operating the left flank of the 34 nations coalition during the Gulf War.
Legionnaires at the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Legionnaires training in French Guiana
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The Pioneers of the 1st Foreign Regiment.
The Foreign Legion has its own military band.
Because of its slower pace, the Foreign Legion is always the last unit marching in any parade.
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The main activity during the period 1954–1962 was as part of the operations of the 10th Parachute Division and 25th Parachute Division.

9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment

Regimental insignia
The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.
Fourragère aux couleurs de la Croix de guerre 1914-1918
9th Parachute Chasseur Regimental Colors
Shoulder Arm Insignia of the 25th Parachute Division of France
French Parachute Brevet.
Shoulder Arm Insignia of the 10th Parachute Division of France
the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment at Laval, Mayenne for the general assembly in March 2012.
Ancien Flag honors at a Ceremony
Ceremony held by the old combatants of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment at Laval in March 2012
Ceremony held by the old combatants of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment at Laval in March 2012
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The 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (9e Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes, 9e RCP) was an airborne unit of the French Army that was part of the French Airborne Units and all three histories of the 10th Parachute Division, 25th Parachute Division and the 11th Parachute Brigade.

8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment

Airborne regiment of the French Army.

French marines with the 8th Marine Airborne Light Infantry Regiment scout ahead of a patrol Oct. 23, 2012, at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, during exercise Amercal 2012.
The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.
Regimental Colors of the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment.
French Commando Parachute Group Brevet of Chuteur Opérationnel
<center>Beret insignia of the Marine Parachute Units</center>
French Army Parachute Brevet.
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<center>Croix de Guerre TOE</center>
<center>Croix de la Valeur militaire</center>
Fourragère aux couleurs de la Médaille militaire
Fourragère aux couleurs de la Croix de guerre des théâtres d'opérations extérieures

1 May 1956 : creation of the 8th Colonial Parachute Regiment 8e RCP at the corps of the 25th Parachute Division 25e DP.

10th Parachute Division (France)

Formation of the French Army, part of the French Airborne Units.

10e DP Shoulder Arm Insignia
Organizational chart of the 10e D.P.
The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.
Circled Winged Armed Dextrochere of French Foreign Legion Paratroopers
French and Foreign Legion Parachute Brevet.
Anchored Winged Armed Dextrochere of French Army Marine Infantry Paratroopers
Insignia of the 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment
Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment
Insignia of 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment
Insignia of 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment
Insignia of 13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment
Insignia of 6th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment

When the putsch failed the 25e D.P. along with the 10e D.P. were dissolved and the 1er R.E.P was the only regiment disbanded.

17th Parachute Engineer Regiment

Heir to the traditions of the 17th Colonial Engineer Regiment (17e Régiment Colonial du Génie, 17eRGC) which illustrated itself during World War II.

Regimental insigne
The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.
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French Commando Parachute Group Brevet of Chuteur Opérationnel
French Parachute Brevet.
Croix de Guerre 1939–1945 with 1 star vermeil
<center> Croix de Guerre TOE for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd combat companies</center>
<center>Croix de la Valeur militaire</center>
<center>Honour medal for courage and devotion</center>

1956–1962: the 75th Airborne Engineer Company issued from the 3rd combat company of the 17th Airborne Battalion Regiment was attached to the 25th Parachute Division. The company became in 1961 the 61st Airborne Engineer Regiment and intervened in Bizerte.