How does the 2 REP (FFL) compare to the British Paras?

The French resistance were named after the Maquis as although you can cut it down it is almost impossible to kill.

When on exercise in La Cortine I mentioned this to my boss and this led to a discussion about what the British equivalent would be.

This in turn led to our callsigns for the exercise being changed to “DANDELION CHEF”, “DANDELION ONE” etc. All being spoken in an atrocious fFrench accent of course.
Interesting.

The English word "dandelion" comes from the French "dent de lion" meaning "lion's tooth" - obviously referring to the serrated edges of the leaves. However the current French term for dandelion is "pissenlit" meaning "piss the bed" - perhaps an ironically altogether apt call sign for British servicemen after a good night on the loopy juice.......... :)
 
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The longer version of 2 REP 2 company 2018 Mountain Training video earlier posted by Condotierre

 
@Papa Fox - Thanks for the video. Although in French, I reckon anybody should get the gist of it. Taking a load of young Legionnaires, most of whom totally new to this sort of activity in the mountains and progressing them through technical and physical training and then testing at the end in order to obtain the "Brevet d'Alpiniste Militaire".

Also showing off the gorgeous Corsican Mountains which reach up to 2700m, only a little below the permanent snowline for that latitude.

Note the feast half-way through the course, Corsican pig, pit-roast Polynesian style. And no, there will be no dietary alternatives for any special needs. Unit cohesion comes first.
 
A short video form 2 REP Facebook on 2 Company in the Alps for "Brevet de Skieur Militaire" training / Military Ski Qualification.

and another one on the skis and boots used by all mountain trained companies (including 2 REPs and 2 REG) as well as on the Tundra uniform (made by Arktis)

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2 REP's 4th Company recently changed its speciality to forest warfare from stay-behind ops (snipers and demolitions) - which was a Cold War throwback. This brought it into line with the other combat (i.e. rifle) companies: 1st Coy - Urban Warfare, 2nd Coy - Mountain (and Arctic) Warfare, 3rd Coy - Amphibious Warfare and the recently created 5th Coy - Desert Warfare. I presume its insignia will change / has changed to reflect this, but I can only find the old ones (official and unofficial beret badge):


Here is an interesting video on 2 REP's 4th Company training for its forest warfare new specialty, including TAI or Immediate Action Drills

and another one (older)

 
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Another short video, this time on designated marksmen training. The FRF2 7.62 X 51 bolt action rifle and its X10 Scrome scope are not state of the art and my understanding is that the ammunition is not match grade but standard de-linked 7.62.


@ Condottiere, and others: do you have first hand information on the level of performance achieved by the REP's designated marksmen?
 
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Operation KOUNAMA III / 2015 - Northern Niger. Operational jump for 60+ Repmen resupplied 5 days later by a long range patrol composed of 1 RHP (Light Cav airborne) & Nigerian troops

 
A series of portraits of REPmen in Calvi

 
A short video form 2 REP Facebook on 2 Company in the Alps for "Brevet de Skieur Militaire" training / Military Ski Qualification.

and another one on the skis and boots used by all mountain trained companies (including 2 REPs and 2 REG) as well as on the Tundra uniform (made by Arktis)

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It seems things have advanced a bit beyond planks and boots-Frankenstein. Interesting to see.
 
Another short video, this time on designated marksmen training. The FRF2 7.62 X 51 bolt action rifle and its X10 Scrome scope are not state of the art and my understanding is that the ammunition is not match grade but standard de-linked 7.62.


@ Condottiere, and others: do you have first hand information on the level of performance achieved by the REP's designated marksmen?
I can't really give an objective answer as when I was in (a long time ago), I was not involved in this. There were two separate qualifications - "Tireur d'elite" or sharpshooter of which there was one in each "groupe" (UK section, US squad) and "Snipeur" or sniper which was a much more specialist course. There was no "Tireur de precision" as mentioned in the video you posted. I would presume that this has replaced and enhanced the "Tireur d'elite" qualification. While I cannot state what the level of performance was, I can safely say that all standard French Army courses such as these, when run by 2 REP, necessitated a higher pass mark than that required by the French Army.

As an aside the term "Tireur d'elite" was subjected to humourous word play and most Legionnaires were said to be qualified "tireurs des litres" (almost the same pronunciation). The verb "tirer" means "to shoot" and "to pull" so the second phrase meant that they drank a lot.
 
Operation KOUNAMA III / 2015 - Northern Niger. Operational jump for 60+ Repmen resupplied 5 days later by a long range patrol composed of 1 RHP (Light Cav airborne) & Nigerian troops.
Note "Nigerian" in the above post refers to troops of the Army of Niger not the Army of Nigeria.
 
and another one on the skis and boots used by all mountain trained companies (including 2 REPs and 2 REG) as well as on the Tundra uniform (made by Arktis)
Hazarding a guess or maybe mentioned in the video. I dont speak French:
Boots, Scarpa F1s £4-500
Skis, Dynastar Mythic87 £300-450
Bindings, Plum guide 12 £400(ish)
poles, (No idea of brand) avg top range around £150-200
Skins, Dynastar Mythic £130-180
Looking ally as feck on the Mountainside.................
Impossible because they're French! :) Just kidding.

Looks like the French QM has spared no expense on his mountain troops. I wonder how our own RM MLs equipment for equivalent mountain warfare compares. For those wondering or not. Off piste mountain, deep powder skiing, requires a very different skill set than what most of us were taught on our own Arctic warfare courses.

SK
 
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A series of portraits of REPmen in Calvi

A repost I think, but worth showing again if so. Note at the beginning the accommodation. This is not in basic training, This is a typical junior ranks' room in 2 REP - usually 8 man. Everyone being single and living together enhances unit cohesion. Not much has changed since my time apart from the furniture and a big telly/entertainment centre in the room. The only "television" we had was each man had to have on the top shelf of his locker an empty 24 bottle Kronenbourg box covered with a Legion towel and a meticulous display of white kepi, ceremonial blue cummerbund and green and red fringed epaulettes. This is the closest picture that I could find on t'internet to what we had to do, but not quite the same.
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There used to be a (real) TV in the "company club" (see below) and another in the company TV room with a video cassette player.

What seems to have changed is shown from 3.12 - Legionnaires with under 5 years service in civvies flying on leave to mainland France and wandering around Calvi town. When I was in (81-86), the official line was no civvies until after you sign your second five year contract or make "Sergent" during your first. I believe that now Legionnaires are also allowed personal computers and mobile phones, but that there are rules and regulations concerning their use. I would ask any currently serving Repmen to comment if this is the case.

From 3.50 onwards a typical "Club Compagnie" is shown. This is the one location where all ranks mingle socially on a daily basis (with appropriate protocol between junior ranks, seniors and officers maintained). It is used at breakfast, "casse-croute", lunchtime and in the evening as well as providing the ideal space for sub-unit celebrations.
 
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Legionnaires having completed the basic alpinist and skier courses may attend more advanced courses at the French Mountain Troops School as their career progresses. SNCO's and Officers in mountain companies are expected to have the relevant leader and instructor qualifications.
 
Legionnaires having completed the basic alpinist and skier courses may attend more advanced courses at the French Mountain Troops School as their career progresses. SNCO's and Officers in mountain companies are expected to have the relevant leader and instructor qualifications.
More details on this video (in French) about advanced training available for Mountain Leaders

 
Hi Skjold ; )
A video from a 2017 exercise carried-out by "Groupement Commandos Montagne" from the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade to which belongs 2 REG. Do ML practice paragliding insertions?

 
2 REG became the engineer regiment of the French 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade and the whole regiment must be mountain trained. Mountain troop regiments all have commando platoons which are grouped together in the GCM, including one from 2 REG. They are considered to be in a similar role to the GCP units in the French 11th Parachute Brigade to which 2 REP belongs.
 
An interesting video posted recently on the 2 REP Facebook page on 2 Company nautical training.
 
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2 REI CO circa 2016 (Source BBC)
 

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