3e Régiment étranger d'infanterie
The 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (French: 3e Régiment étranger d'infanterie, 3e REI) is an infantry regiment in the French Foreign Legion. The regiment is stationed in French Guiana, protecting the Centre Spatial Guyanais.
When World War I started France received a stream of foreign volunteers that wanted to fight for France. This allowed the creation of four "march regiments" of the Foreign Legion.
In November 1915 the Legion units remaining on the Western Front were reorganised into a single "march regiment" designated Foreign Legion March Regiment (Régiment de Marche de la Légion Etrangère), often called the RMLE.
The Legion records that 42,883 men served on the western front in the March Regiments of the 1st and 2nd Foreign Regiment and the RMLE. It suffered 5,172 killed in action and around 25,000 wounded or missing, a total of 70% casualties over the course of the war. When the war ended it was the second most decorated regiment in the French Army and the most decorated regiment in the French Foreign Legion.