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

He's been mentioned on here already, but today is the anniversary of the death of the American poet Alan Seeger who died at the Battle of the Somme whilst serving in the FFL.

Today it was announced that Taittinger has acquired the manuscript of his poem "Champagne".

Several links below for background

Alan Seeger - Wikipedia

Taittinger acquiert l'édition originale d'un poète américain mort pour la France

Champagne, 1914 – 15 by Alan Seeger - Poems | poets.org


I Have a Rendezvous with Death by Alan Seeger - Poems | poets.org
 
Source : Corse net infos
Legionnaires jumping in the bay of Calvi with the A 400 M
Thanks @LepetitCaporal Here's the link and some relevant pics:
Sauts en mer dans la baie de Calvi pour les légionnaires du 2e REP avec l'Airbus européen A400M
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The article goes into some detail.

It is not the first time an A400M Atlas has visited 2 REP,in Calvi, but such a huge plane at the provincial Calvi St. Catherine Airport woud always cause a stir (particularly in the tourist season).

Legionnaires were familiarised with the plane on the ground and this was followed by several parachute drops into the Bay of Calvi, followed by some onto the Camp Raffalli DZ later all avidly watched by lots of civvy rubberneckers.

Up to now the A400M Atlas has not been able to fulfill its mission of dropping a full complement (60, so 30 through each side door) of paratroopers due to the fact that the prop-wash tends to push the two streams of jumpers towards each other under and behind the aircraft, thus increasing the physical risk to them

According to the article, quoting an unnamed source in 2 REP, the undertaking of this particular series of drops is to understand these difficulties and to help remedy them as 2 REP is the most likely operational unit to be able to do this.

My Comment:
This sounds like: "We'll put our lads through a series of jumps using both doors and see what happens."
Perhaps this is why there are only a few pictures of the water jumps (which are usually small scale anyway).
 
More pics on the 2 REP official Facebook page, where it says they were also joined for the jumps by Regular Paratroopers from the 35eme RAP (Regiment d'Artillerie Parachutiste).
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My Comment: Only one side door being used is shown. I would hazard a guess, that 2 REP can't try out both doors if the Regular Paras are also jumping.
 
For the francophones, fascinating and touching documentary about the Hungarians who joined the FFL after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

 
Not 2 REP, but 2 REG, on Op BARKHANE, reported on the Legion's official Facebook page and Twitter Feed:

2 REG's GCM (Groupement Commando Montagne), the Mountain Brigade's Regiments’ equivalent of the GCPs in the Regiments of the Parachute Brigade, has been recently involved in a subsidiary Operation (Op ACONIT) to neutralise an armed armed terrorist group to the north-east of Akabar.#
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For the francophones, fascinating and touching documentary about the Hungarians who joined the FFL after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

The crushing of the Hungarian Revolution was de facto ignored in the West, embroiled as it was in the Suez Crisis. In any case, the Soviet sphere of influence had been clearly agreed to at Yalta and Moscow had not intervened in support of the Greek Communists in the Greek Civil War, even though the Nationalists had the support of British Troops. So the West was not going to rock the boat. Post-War realpolitik.
 
For the francophones, fascinating and touching documentary about the Hungarians who joined the FFL after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

From 1.12.30 in the clip to 1.18.50, it shows some old Hungarian "anciens" of 2 REP visiting Calvi. There is a bit showing young new arrivals undergoing some of the preliminary ground training for parachuting.
 
More pics on the 2 REP official Facebook page, where it says they were also joined for the jumps by Regular Paratroopers from the 35eme RAP (Regiment d'Artillerie Parachutiste).
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My Comment: Only one side door being used is shown. I would hazard a guess, that 2 REP can't try out both doors if the Regular Paras are also jumping.
Picking up on your final comment, when the C-130 became dominant for para sorties leaving behind the Hastings, Beverley, Argosy as the Andover had only port door exit, the PJ I'd were under pressure to control exit movement.

In those times, concerns were prevalent in troops colliding in the aircraft underbelly. As such dispatchers were under training pressure to ensure that troops exited alternatively from the port and starboard doors. You can imagine the physical effort involved to control ( hold? ) troops in that state of adrenaline holding back. Keep in mind that the training of these lads was focussed on speed of exit besides a 'drive out' technique, all to prove to be at odds with higher speed airframes.
 
French Army recieve their first batch of Griffons ( 6 × 6 A.P.C. 24.5 tonnes )
They are to replace the 4 × 4 V.A.B. 11 t. empty
Also the new Jaguar
All part of the Scorpion programme (réarmement and new vehicules)
 
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I've just been reading La Rue Sans Joie By Bernard Fall. Theres a few pages in it about a young Romanian Jewish lad Eliahu Itzkovitz,Survived the concentration camps in Romania,which by all accounts were rougher than our civilized German cousins. Deserted from the IDF when he heard one of the worst of his tormentors called Stanescu was in LE. Joined in Marseilles, and caught up with the c*** in Indochina,and slotted him. Is the story known in LE or is it BS?
 
I've just been reading La Rue Sans Joie By Bernard Fall. Theres a few pages in it about a young Romanian Jewish lad Eliahu Itzkovitz,Survived the concentration camps in Romania,which by all accounts were rougher than our civilized German cousins. Deserted from the IDF when he heard one of the worst of his tormentors called Stanescu was in LE. Joined in Marseilles, and caught up with the c*** in Indochina,and slotted him. Is the story known in LE or is it BS?
I understand that it is true.
 
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Why the 3 rd company amphibious of the REP ?
(Sea landing is safer for the troops)
The Army / Air force want to test (eventually) left and right side jumps. ...and again (eventually) left / right and rear exists at the same time
A 400 M still has other trials to do
 
Source : Paris Match on line
En mission avec les Commando Parachutists (5 / 7 2019)
A wright up and some pics of the récent deployment into Niger (Operation Aconit)
@LepetitCaporal , @fairmaidofperth Thank-you both.

Some good pics there. I'm a little confused as the Brigade currently supplying the bulk of the ground troops on Op Barkhane is the 27eme BIM (Mountain Infantry Brigade) - of which 2 REG is a part. Thus I would not have thought that there would be GCPs (which belong to the 11eme BP (Parachute Brigade) in Theatre at this time. Their role as Tier 2 SF would be filled by the GCMs of 27eme BIM including that of 2 REG as per my post above:
https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/t...pare-to-the-british-paras.161040/post-9372338

Edited to add - after a bit more digging I realise that 3eme RPIMa's GCP is currently deployed on Op BARKHANE and also took part in the subsidiary Op ACONIT
 
I've just been reading La Rue Sans Joie By Bernard Fall. Theres a few pages in it about a young Romanian Jewish lad Eliahu Itzkovitz,Survived the concentration camps in Romania,which by all accounts were rougher than our civilized German cousins. Deserted from the IDF when he heard one of the worst of his tormentors called Stanescu was in LE. Joined in Marseilles, and caught up with the c*** in Indochina,and slotted him. Is the story known in LE or is it BS?
I have just dug up (literally as my book collection is still in boxes post house-move to Scotland and pending the construction of my library room) a book by a former French Foreign Legion Officer called Alain Gandy. The book (only available in French as far as I know) is titled "La Derniere Rafale" meaning the last burst (of automatic fire).
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It recounts a story remarkably similar to the one you have narrated above, but the protagonist's name is Elie Simu and his tormentor was called Magalescu.
 
I have just dug up (literally as my book collection is still in boxes post house-move to Scotland and pending the construction of my library room) a book by a former French Foreign Legion Officer called Alain Gandy. The book (only available in French as far as I know) is titled "La Derniere Rafale" meaning the last burst (of automatic fire).
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It recounts a story remarkably similar to the one you have narrated above, but the protagonist's name is Elie Simu and his tormentor was called Magalescu.
Thanks Condottiere. I'll try get a copy and attempt it with My schoolboy French. If You haven't read 'The street without Joy' try to get a copy. Fairly harrowing reading,some of it.
 

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