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.
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.
- On January 8, 1948 : creation of the battalion at Vannes.
- On November 9, 1948 : administrative creation of the 3rd Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion, 3e BCCP
- On October 1, 1950 : became the 3rd Colonial Parachute Commando Group, 3e GCCP.
- November 1, 1950 : dissolution of the 3e GCCP.
- January 1, 1951 : recreation of the battalion at Saint-Brieuc.
- December 27, 1951 : became the 3rd Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion, 3e BCCP.
- May 28, 1952 : became the 3rd Colonial Parachute Battalion, 3e BPC.
- June 1, 1955 : recreation of the 3rd Colonial Parachute Battalion at Mont-de-Marsan.
- November 1, 1955 : became the 3rd Parachute Colonial Regiment, 3e RPC
- December 1, 1958 : became the 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, 3e RPIMa.
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.