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The 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (French: 1er Régiment étranger de cavalerie, 1er REC) is the only armoured cavalry regiment in the French Foreign Legion. It is one of two cavalry regiments of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade.

It has been stationed in Orange, Vaucluse since 1967, when it arrived from Mers-el-Kébir.

Commanding Officers

  • Colonel Perret (1921-1922)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Sala (1922-1923)
  • Colonel Maurel (1923-1925)
  • Colonel Sala (1925-1931)
  • Colonel Burnol (1931-1932)
  • Colonel Bonnefous (1932-1935)
  • Colonel Berger (1935-1940)
  • Colonel Levavasseur (1940-1943)
  • Colonel Miquel (1943-1945)
  • Major Lennuyeux (1945)
  • Colonel Robert (1945-1946)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Marion (1946-1948)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Doré (1948-1949)
  • Lieutenant Colonel de Battisti (1949-1951)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Royer (1951-1952)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Deluc (1952-1953)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Hardoin (1953-1954)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Coussaud de Massignac (1954-1956)
  • Major Ogier de Baulny (1956)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Spitzer (1956-1958)
  • Lieutenant Colonel de Blignères (1958-1960)
  • Lieutenant Colonel de la Chapelle (1960-1961)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Barazer de Lannurien (1961-1962)
  • Lieutenant Colonel de Monplanet (1962-1963)
  • Lieutenant Colonel de Froissard de Broissia (1963-1965)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ansoborlo (1965-1967)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bart (1967-1969)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Caillard d'Aillières (1969-1971)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Fesneau (1971-1973)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Lorho (1973-1975)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Devouges (1975-1977)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Le Corre (1977-1979)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Audemard d'Alançon (1979-1981)
  • Lieutenant Colonel de la Presle (1981-1983)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ansart de Lessan (1983-1985)
  • Colonel Belloir (1985-1987)
  • Colonel Badie (1987-1989)
  • Colonel Ivanoff (1989-1991)
  • Colonel Yves de Kermabon (1991-1993)
  • Colonel Franceschi (1993-1995)
  • Colonel H. Clément-Bollée (1995-1997)
  • Colonel Colas des Francs (1997-1999)
  • Colonel B. Clément-Bollée (1999-2001)
  • Colonel Yakovlev (2001-2003)
  • Colonel de Saint-Chamas (2003-2005)
  • Colonel Windeck (2005-2007)
  • Colonel Dupont (2007- )

Composition

The regiment is divided into seven squadrons with an estimated manpower of 930 men.

•The ECL, Command and Logistics Squadron.

•The EAS, Administration and Support Squadron.

•Four Combat Squadrons (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th) each made up of 4 combat groups and a command group. They are equipped with AMX 10 RC, an armoured and wheeled vehicle with a 105mm gun.

•The EEI, Reconnaissance and Light Squadron.

Battle Honours

   * Camerone 1863
   * Levant 1925–1926
   * Maroc 1925–1927
   * Ousseltia 1943
   * Colmar 1945
   * Stuttgart 1945
   * Indochine 1947–1954
   * AFN 1952–1962

Decorations

   * Croix de guerre 1939-1945 with 3 palms
   * Croix de guerre des théâtres d'opérations extérieures with 4 palms