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1er Régiment étranger de génie

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The 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (French: 1er Régiment étranger de génie, 1er REG) is a Military engineer regiment in the French Foreign Legion. It is a part of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade. The regiment is stationed in Laudun.

History

World War II

It was created on 1 October 1939 in Lebanon as the 6th Foreign Infantry Regiment. The manpower came from 3 battalions of the 1st Foreign Infantry Regiment and one from 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment, and Clayton (1988:133) says it possessed its own light artillery. It was disbanded 1 January 1942 after the British success in the Syria-Lebanon Campaign and its soldiers were transferred into the 1st Foreign Regiment and Foreign Legion depots. Clayton (1988:136) says that some 690 of the 6th Etranger opted for De Gaulle.

Indochina

It was recreated on 1 April 1949 in Tunisia from elements of the 1st Foreign Regiment as a reception/transit pool for Indochina drafts. 1954-55 a single battalion operated against Tunisian insurgents before disbanded again in June, 1955.

6th Foreign Engineer Regiment

On 1 July 1984 the 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment was created, which inherited the traditions of the 6th Foreign Infantry Regiment. The regiment took part in the Gulf War as part of Opération Daguet.

1st Foreign Engineer Regiment

It is renamed 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment on July 1, 1999 with creation of the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment.