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

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2 REP's GCP helicopter insertion when deployed on Op Barkhane recently.
 
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Nice shot of part of Camp Raffalli, showing the main gate, the guardhouse to its right, the Regimental Museum to its left, the flagpole and parade square with the Monument to the Fallen in front of the Regimental HQ.
 
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A 2 REP Caporal in winter parade dress. Photo looks taken after a parade or ceremonial guard duty as he appears somewhat crumpled and windswept.
 
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A picture showing the formal locker layout of a recent arrival to 2 REP's Second Company (noted from the colour of the sports t-shirt). The name tag affixed to the blue cummerbund has been blanked out.
 
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Another good picture of part of Camp Raffalli overflown by the Repman's favourite mode of transport.

Note the traditionally white painted stones ........... :)
 
The new commander of the FFL, the COMLE, will be, from August 1st, BG Lardet, former CO 3°REI.
I reckon that during his tenure we are likely to see some more changes (in a positive way) to the Legion after the various hints dropped by the current Commander.

Currently Alain Lardet is Chief of Plans on the French Army General Staff and thus is intimately linked to the programme of modernisation of the French Army and the intentions revealed by the Army Chief of the General Staff, General Thierry Burkhard (also a former Foreign Legion Officer) and posted earlier on this thread by @fantassin .
 
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A picture showing the formal locker layout of a recent arrival to 2 REP's Second Company (noted from the colour of the sports t-shirt). The name tag affixed to the blue cummerbund has been blanked out.
Képi, blue ceinture and the epaulettes are mounted on the...(missing medals and regimental, company, and specialist insignes, i note)
La Télé (t.v., or box if you prefer)
Is an empty Kronenbourg (24 pax) case
 
Képi, blue ceinture and the epaulettes are mounted on the...(missing medals and regimental, company, and specialist insignes, i note)
La Télé (t.v., or box if you prefer)
Is an empty Kronenbourg (24 pax) case
It’s a sprog’s locker, hence lack of “gilly-gilly”.
 
2 REP's Third (Amphibious) Company is now equipped with four SRA 750 RIBs.
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All info and pics from official 2 REP media platforms.
 
Recent report from French journalist embedded with a Foreign Legion centred battle-group (GTIA) on Op Barkhane. Legionnaires from 1 REC and 2 REI in evidence:

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Air drop resupply for the Battle Group.
 
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A 2019 Paris Match report from an embedded journalist with a GCP. i.e. "Groupement Commando Parachutiste" long range desert patrol on Op Barkhane. The GCP is in all units of the (French) 11th Parachute Brigade, wherein each unit (including 2 REP) has a GCP platoon which acts as the unit's "Pathfinder Platoon" and all can be regrouped as a Brigade asset as Tier II SF. As I understand it this GCP patrol does not have a 2 REP component, but I may be mistaken. However the clip gives a good idea of routine Ops in the Sahel. A point of interest for us Brits is the logistics support from the RAF Chinooks in Theatre.
 
Not 2 REP related, but an interesting historical aside.

On the 18th Of June we had President Macron of France come to London to celebrate the 80th anniversary of General De Gaulle's famous "Appel" of that date, announcing that France will continue to fight and calling for volunteers to join him.

In 1940, the Legion's 13 DBLE had just returned from the campaign in Norway to the UK and immediately declared itself for De Gaulle and the Free French.

There are only four remaining "Compagnons de la Liberation", that is people who rallied to the Free French Forces from the beginning. One of them is a former 13 DBLE Legionnaire: ninety-nine year old Hubert Germain:
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A Frenchman, son of a General of Colonial Troops (now called Troupes de Marine) and having just sat his French Naval Academy entrance exam during the Battle for France in 1940. He decided that he would fight on no matter what and got himself out of France on a ship at Saint-Jean-de-Luz that was evacuating Polish troops to England. He got to London on 24 June and was eventually integrated into the Legion as a junior Officer. He fought in Syria, Libya (Battle of Bir Hakeim), Egypt, Italy, Provence, the Vosges and Alsace. He was wounded in Italy and decorated personally by General De Gaulle towards the end of 1944. At the war's end he was Aide de Camp to General Koenig, commanding the Fench Occupation Forces in Germany. He was was demobilised from service in 1946.
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After the war, he worked in industry, before embarking on a successful political career ending at ministerial level in the seventies.
 
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Looking at Hubert Germain's Wikipedia page I ended up finding this article from Le Monde, now only available in the Internet Archive:


The Ordre de la Libération seems to have lost quite a few of its members, and in the late 2000s it was desperately trying to track them down, as once the membership fell below 15 its duties reverted to the cities and military units who hold the title. The piece covers its then historian's efforts to find Compagnons who they lost track of - a problem was that quite a few had a FFL identity and some had a Resistance cover name as well, and record-keeping wasn't a priority for the Free French at the time.

Wikipedia seems to have done better in following up this man, who was definitely a Compagnon but even his name is a matter of debate:

 
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2 REP paratroopers boarding an A400M Atlas at Basti Poretta Airport. Note that some of the Legionnaires are in wetsuits and will be doing a wet jump. These will usually be 3rd Company men, though sometimes the GCP Platoon also practice amphibious techniques.
 
I saw the Africa country comparison diagram on another thread and looked at Op Barkhane's range.
It is a truly impressive sphere in terms of logistics and deployment.

In the US it is very under reported, odd considering the US's increased military presence on the entire continent over the last 8 years - and beyond.

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Well, it's not tiny admittedly, but (as I have noted before) Africa is still simply the island between Europe and Antarctica . . . .

No duff, it is huge and I've only looked at a few little bits of it. Oh well.
 

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