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

Just found out about the passing away of Lt Col (Retd) Zlatko Sabljic a legendary figure originally in 2 REP, 3rd Company. He died on September 29th, St Michael's Day, the Archangel and Patron Saint of Paratroopers, who will escort him to the Final RV.

When I first met him in 1982 he was the "Sergent-Chef, SOA 1ere Sion, 3eme Cie" (Staff-Sergeant and the Platoon Sergeant of 1st Platoon, 3rd Company).

One of the best leaders I have ever served with. Very well respected across the Legion, he was chosen to have the honour of carrying the hand of Captain Danjou at the Camerone Parade in Aubagne in 2014.

His last job still with the Legion (as a Retired Officer) was as the Director of of the "Legionnaires Home" at Auriol.** He died on the job.


Here he is as a "Sergent" Chef de Groupe (Sergeant, Section/Squad Commander) on the Kolwezi Operation in 1978, taking a rebel prisoner:
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A true example of "More Majorum" to all Repmen.

Requiescat in Pacem

Vidimo se !

** 4e RE: Remise de Képis blancs at Auriol | French Foreign Legion Information

Edited to add -A short biography (alas only in French): Directeur le Lieutenant-colonel (er) Zlatko SABLJIC
 
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Just found out about the passing away of Lt Col (Retd) Zlatko Sabljic a legendary figure originally in 2 REP, 3rd Company.

When I first met him in 1982 he was the "Sergent-Chef, SOA 1ere Sion, 3eme Cie" (Staff-Sergeant and the Platoon Sergeant of 1st Platoon, 3rd Company).

One of the best leaders I have ever served with. Very well respected across the Legion, he was chosen to have the honour of carrying the hand of Captain Danjou at the Camerone Parade in Aubagne.

His last job still with the Legion (as a Retired Officer) was as the Director of of the "Legionnaires Home" at Auriol.** He died on the job.


Here he is as a "Sergent" Chef de Groupe (Sergeant, Section/Squad Commander) on the Kolwezi Operation in 1978, taking a rebel prisoner:
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A true example of "More Majorum" to all Repmen.

Requiescat in Pacem

Vidimo se !

** 4e RE: Remise de Képis blancs at Auriol | French Foreign Legion Information

Edited to add -A short biography (alas only in French): Directeur le Lieutenant-colonel (er) Zlatko SABLJIC
38 years service......good effort, in any mans army.
 
As the Legion is an integral part of the French Army; some time ago, I posted a video clip about the strategic vision of the French Chief of the Army General Staff (Thierry Burkhard a former Officer in 2 REP and the Foreign Legion.

Here is a link to a slide presentation (in French):

There is a link to a pdf version in English on the last page (can't load the link directly for some reason). There is a bit of ropey translation once in a while, unfortunately.


I get the impression that he is trying to instill some of his lessons learned in the Legion, into the French Army in general.
 
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The first "train the trainer" course on the new FNH SCAR HPR DM rife which is replacing the FRF2 has taken place in Bourges at the end of September.

It is a technical course run by the Ordnance Corps, not a tactical course.

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Evocative photo of a few men from 1st Company (green recognition triangle on helmet) 2 REP in the Sahel:
 

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The first "train the trainer" course on the new FNH SCAR HPR DM rife which is replacing the FRF2 has taken place in Bourges at the end of September.

It is a technical course run by the Ordnance Corps, not a tactical course.

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Untitled picture from 2 REP official social media:
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Prominent tattoos are not forbidden in the Foreign Legion:
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(Though personally I'm not a fan)
 
A short video clip about the DLEM (Detachement de la Legion Etrangere a Mayotte) a little known unit that provides the French garrison on a small island in the Indian Ocean:
Originally formed from a sub-unit of 3 REI, it is the guardian of the Colours of 2 REC.
 
Elements of 1 REG, the Legion's 1st Engr Regt and a small detachment of 13 DBLE have been deployed to aid the Civil Power in coping with the devastation caused in part the Alpes Maritime Department by flood damage from a massive storm.
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417s are left overs from AFG UORs.

The SCAR HPRs will be the regulation DM rifle.

The REP being the REP, maybe they will manage to keep some 417s as "battle rifles" in 7,62 mm.
Like they kept one 7.5mm MAS 49/56 FSA per "Groupe" (UK Section) when they changed over to the 5.56 FAMAS due to its longer range and longer grenade launching range. I had one in Chad in 1984 and I loved it.
 
Just caught up with this thread again, some mega input!

Those videos are well made :thumleft:
 
Just noticed @fantassin 's thread: https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/france-to-increase-defence-budget.302051/ This appears to allow for the progress of (former 2 REP Officer) General Thierry Burkhard's plans for the modernisation of the French Army. I wonder if it will lead to an expansion of the French Foreign Legion?

Nothing points towards that direction for the moment. The FRA CGS mantra is "get tougher and prepare for high intensity because it is coming".

He wants already established units to be at full strength, well equipped, better trained (recover what was lost because of the anti terrorist mission of the past 5 years) and above all mentally and physically tougher than they are now.

Also, l suppose he does not want to be seen as favouring the FFL over the rest of the Army. He has surrounded himself with other REPmen but he is too clever to show himself as too partial to the FFL.
 
Nothing points towards that direction for the moment. The FRA CGS mantra is "get tougher and prepare for high intensity because it is coming".

He wants already established units to be at full strength, well equipped, better trained (recover what was lost because of the anti terrorist mission of the past 5 years) and above all mentally and physically tougher than they are now.

Also, l suppose he does not want to be seen as favouring the FFL over the rest of the Army. He has surrounded himself with other REPmen but he is too clever to show himself as too partial to the FFL.
And there I was thinking that the last GOC Foreign Legion’s remarks that Legionnaires would have a greater opportunity to get long-term postings abroad indicated that another Legion regiment would be permanently based abroad. Seeing as all the Legion regiments are well ensconced where they are, this seemed to indicate another regiment being (re)created. What with the announcement of an increased defence budget, things seemed to be looking up.
 
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And there I was thinking that the last GOC Foreign Legions remarks that Legionnaires would have a greater opportunity to get long-term postings abroad indicated that another Legion regiment would be permanently based abroad. Seeing as all the Legion regiments are well ensconced where they are, this seemed to indicate another regiment being (re)created. What with the announcement of an increased defence budget, things seemed to be looking up.

I think that a key issue for the FFL right now is to attract more French speakers, with education if possible, to cope with the network enabled Scorpion program.

As for a new regiment, l'd love to see the 5°REI resurected !
 

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