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3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion
(3e Bataillon Étranger de Parachutistes)
Battalion Insignia
Active November 15, 1949 – September 1, 1955
Country France
Branch Flag of legion.svgFrench Foreign Legion
Type Foreign Airborne Battalion
Part of
Garrison/HQ Sétif
Colors Green and Red
Anniversaries Camerone Day

First Indochina War

Abbreviation 3e B.E.P

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.

The 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion (French language: 3e Bataillon Étranger de Parachutistes, 3e B.E.P) was foreign parachute battalion of the French Foreign Legion formed based on the Parachute Instruction Company (C.I.P) of the 7th combat company of the 2nd Battalion of the 1st Foreign Infantry Regiment.

History, Creation and different nomination designations

3e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes, 3e BEP - I, II, III, IV Formations -

Before becoming the 3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment; the 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion was created in April 1949 at Mascara.[1] The 7th combat company of paratrooper training of the 1st Foreign rejoins Sétif 7 months later, starting November 15, 1949, to become officially the 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion.[1] The mission of the 3e BEP was to instruct and form the legionnaires destined to relieve the 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion (1er B.E.P) and 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion (2e B.E.P).[1] While mainly formed and created to instruct the Legionnaires, the 3rd Foreign Paratrooper Battalion participates in operations of maintaining order in Tunisia from January to June 1952.[2]

On May 4, 1954; when struggle becomes of a rage at Dien Bien Phu, the 3e BEP makes and clears way to Indochina.[1] On May 25, 1954, the battalion is at Haïphong.[1] On June 1, the count of the men forming the 3e BEP is transferred to the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion during the reconstitution of the later.[1] The 3e BEP merges with the injured of annihilated foreign battalions while in the meantime, owing to numerous volunteers, the 3e BEP is seen reconstituted at Sétif.[1] Back to Algeria, the three foreign paratrooper battalions (1er BEP, 2e BEP, 3e BEP) will be seen filling the ranks of the foreign regiment. On September 1, 1955, the 3e BEP becomes the 3rd Foreign Paratrooper Regiment (3e R.E.P).[1] Based at Batna, the regiment becomes operational but then is dissolved on December 1, 1955; the men constituting the regiment are merged with the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion, (2e B.E.P) to form a new corps, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment.[1]

The insignia of the 3rd Foreign Paratropper Battalion was created in 1950 by Captain Darmuzai, battalion commander Chef de Bataillon, CBA of the 3e BEP.[1]



The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.


The insignia of the Foreign Legion Paratroopers of France represents a closed <<winged armed dextrochere>>, meaning a "right winged arm" armed with a sword pointing upwards. The Insignia makes reference to the Patron of Paratroopers. In fact, the Insignia represents <<the right Arm of Saint Michael>>, the Archangel which according to Liturgy is the <<Armed Arm of God>>. This Insignia is the symbol of righteous combat and fidelity to superior missions.

Colonel Paul Marie Félix Jacques René Arnaud de Foïard

Battalion Colors

Battalion Song



Battle honours

Battalion Commanders

3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion, 3e BEP ( 1948 - 1955 ) - I, II, III, IV Formations -

Insigne3REP.jpg 3e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes 3e BEP Tenure ( 1948–1955 )[3]

  • 1949 - 1951 : captain Pierre Darmuzai
  • 1951 - 1952 : lieutenant-colonel Brothier
  • 1952 - 1954 : chef de bataillon Dussert
  • 1954 - 1955 : captain Pierre Darmuzai

Notable Officers and Legionnaires

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 [1] Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, History of the 2e REP, the 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion 3e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes"
  2. [2] Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, History of the 2e REP, the 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion 3e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutiste"
  3. [3] Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, Historique du 2e REP, 3e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes, les Chefs de Corps

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