3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment

The 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment (French: 3e Régiment de Parachutistes d’Infanterie de Marine, 3e RPIMa) is an airborne elite regiment of the French Army heir to the 3rd Colonial Commando Parachute Battalion 3e BCCP created in 1948 and the 3rd Colonial Parachute Regiment 3e RPC. The regiment is part of the 11th Parachute Brigade.[1]

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3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment
3e Régiment de Parachutistes d’Infanterie de Marine

Regimental insigne
Active January 8, 1948 – present

(same unit, different designations)

3e BCCP 1948
3e GCCP 1950
3e BCCP 1951
3e BCCP 1951
3e BPC 1952
3e BCCP 1955
3e RPC 1955
3e RPIMa 1958 – present

Country France
Branch French Army
Type Troupes de marine
Role Airborne
Size ~1,120
Part of 11th Parachute Brigade
3rd Division
Garrison/HQ Carcassonne, France
Motto(s) Être et durer (To Be and endure)
Colors Red and blue
Anniversaries Saint-Michel Day
Engagements First Indochina War
*Battle of Route Coloniale 4
*Operation Lorraine
*Battle of Nà Sản
Algerian War

Lebanese Civil War

Gulf War
War on Terror (2001-Present)

Commanders
Current
commander
Philippe Pottier
Notable
commanders
Marcel Bigeard
Roger Trinquier
Guy Le Borgne
Insignia
Insignia of the 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment
Abbreviation 3e RPIMa
Military unit

The battalion filled the ranks with the thousands throughout the various campaign battle courses of dissolutions and reformations. The battalions of this regiment are heir to the 1st Colonial Parachute Commando Demi-Brigade, another heir of the paratroopers of Free France, the Demi-Brigade of the SAS, of the Parachute Choc Groupment Battalions, whose regimental colors was decorated with the Légion d’honneur in July 1954.

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Campaign Participation Engagement
3rd Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion(1948–1950)

Campaign Participation Engagement
3rd Colonial Parachute Regiment(1955–1958)

  • 1956–1961 : Algeria

Campaign Participation Engagement
3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment(1958–present)

  • 1990 : Rwanda
  • 1991 : Togo
  • 1991 : Zaire
  • 1992 : Chad
  • 1993 : Zaire
  • 1993 : Rwanda
  • 1994 : Rwanda
  • 1995–1996 : Yugoslavia, UNPROFOR
  • 1995 : Chad
  • 1995 : Bosnia
  • 1996 : Bosnia
  • 1996 : Chad
  • 1997 : Congo
  • 1998 : Congo
  • 1999 : Congo
  • 1999 : Kosovo
  • 2000 : Congo
  • 2000 : Kosovo
  • 2001 : Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFOR
  • 2003 : Afghanistan, ISAF
  • 2006 : Ivory Coast
  • 2007 : Central African Republic
  • 2008 : Afghansitan, ISAF
  • 2013 : Mali

Created in January 1948, the 3rd Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion 3e BCCP joined Indochina on November of the same year. Cited twice at the orders of the armed forces, the battalion was dissolved in October 1950 after having been destroyed in the Battle of Route Coloniale 4 along the Chinese border. During this episode, 3 BCCP of Captain Cazaux and the 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion of Commandant Pierre Segretain, disappeared.

Recreated on December 27, 1951, the battalion was designated as the 3rd Colonial Parachute Battalion]] 3e BPC, gaining another citation at the orders of the armed forces.

The battalion was then dissolved again, providing the reformation of another battalion.

Recreated again, the battalion was designated as the 3rd Colonial Parachute Regiment 3e RPC in November 1955 under the orders and disposition of Lieutenant-colonelBigeard.

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