|Date/Report Number ..111912.FN61Y0.04 Item: INDOCHINA THEATER French Silver Insigne De Beret Badge of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment WITH Military BelT|
|Description of item:
VINTAGE INDOCHINA THEATER French Silver Insigne De Beret Badge of
the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment WITH Military Belt CONDITION IS EXCELLENT.
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $449.00
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Insigne De Beret
LOOKING FOR ITEMS FOR OUR DIEN BIAN PHU MILITARY WATCHBOX, WE PURCHASED A DOZEN ITEMS OVER THE LAST 9 MONTHS, INCLUDING SEVERAL LANCET WATCHES FROM A CONTACT IN VIETNAM. ALL ITEMS HAVE BEEN DEAD ON. TWO LANCETS WERE RESTORED AND BOTH SOLD. OTHER ITEMS ARE IN THE BOX. NOW, THIS ITEM IS SIMPLY THE RAREST FIND OF ALL THE ITEMS. iT ARRIVED LAST WEEK.
THIS INSIGNE DE BERET IS 66 X 64 MM - 2.6 X 2.6 INCHES AND ATTACHED WITH STEEL TO A THE MILITARY WEB BELT THAT IS IS 2 X 40 INCHES OR 5.1 X 101 CN.
Badge of the 2nd Foreign Parachute
Regiment worn on Green Berets.
This badge is also worn by French
Army Paratroopers on Maroon Berets.
WE DID NOT WANT TO CLEAN THE RUST OFF
THE RUST IS STABLE SO YOU SHOULD NOT CLEAN IT
NOR POLISH THE SILVER BUCKLE!
THIS MILITARY WEB BELT IS APP
40 INCHES x 2 INCHES
THIS BELT HAS IS A SINGLE HOLE DAVIS CLIP BUCKLE
THE INSIGNIA DE BERET
TESTS AS SOLID SILVER
THE MALE PART OF THE DAVIS CLIP
WAS REMOVED TO ALLOW THE USE OF
THIS LARGE SIGNED IINSIGNIA DE BERET
THOUGH THERE IS SURFACE RUST
PRESENT ON THE ORIGINAL
STEEL BELT BUCKLE
THE BUCKLE IS SILVER AND
CANNOT RUST THOUGH
IT IS IN AGED CONDITION
THERE SEEMS TO BE A FEW REPAIRS
THIS RUST IS NOT ACTIVE AND THE STEEL IS EXCELENT
THE REPAIR I WAS WRITING OF CAN
BE SEEN WHERE THE LIGHT PATCH IS ABOVE
2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
Active 9 October 1948present
Allegiance Flag of legion.svgFrench Foreign Legion
Branch French Army
Type Special Operations Capable
Airborne Light Infantry
Role Primary Tasks:
Urban Warfare (1 CIE)
Mountain warfare (2 CIE)
Amphibious warfare (3 CIE)
Sniping and Demolitions (4 CIE)
Size 1,190 men
Part of 11th Parachute Brigade
Garrison/HQ Calvi, Corsica France
Nickname The REP
Motto Honneur et Fidélité (Honour and loyalty)
Colors Green and Red
March La Legion Marche (vers le front)
Anniversaries Camerone Day (30 April),
Saint-Michel Day (29 September)
Engagements First Indochina War
*Battle of Route Coloniale 4
*Battle of Hoa Binh
*Battle of Na San
*Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Battle of Kolwezi
The 2eme Battalion Étranger de Parachutistes or 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion (2čme BEP) was formed on 9 October 1948, at Legion's main cantonment at Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria. The battalion was deployed to Indochina in January 1949, where they served as 'sector troops' from February to November.
In 1950, the battalion became a part of the General Reserve in Indochina. Following the French defeat on Route Coloniale 4 in October 1950, the battalion was transported by ship to North Vietnam. The battalion took part in several battles, including the first battle of Nghia Lo (October 1951), the Black River (NovemberDecember 1951), and the fight for Route Coloniale 6 (JanuaryFebruary 1952) during the Battle of Hoa Binh.
The battalion made a parachute drop on Dien Bien Phu as reinforcement during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu (MarchMay 1954). Fighting without reinforcements, remnants of the 1er and 2e BEP were overwhelmed after a final assault by Viet Minh forces; fewer than 100 legionnaires of the 2e BEP were taken prisoner.
On 1 December 1954, after the surviving members of the battalion had returned from captivity after the Armistice, the 2e BEP was later reconstituted with replacements, and returned by ship to French Algeria
In May 1978, a force of gendarmes katangais entered the Katanga province of Zaire from Angola and occupied the mining town of Kolwezi. They began to loot the town and kill government soldiers and civilians (including several Belgian and French employees of a mining company). At the request of the government of Zaire, 2 REP was airlifted to Kinshasa and dropped on Kolwezi. The operation was a success and the town was quickly recaptured with minor casualties in the ranks of the paratroopers. Some 120 civilian hostages died in the occupation.
2 REP deployed to Afghanistan from January to July 2010, as part of Task Force "Altor". Two Legionnaires from the regiment were killed in action
Regiment consists of 1160 men divided into 9
A command and logistics company
A administrative and support company
Four combat companies, each made up of one command section and four combat sections.
1st Company specialises in Urban warfare
2nd Company specialises in Mountain warfare
3rd Company specialises in Amphibious warfare
4th Company specialises in sniping and demolitions
A reconnaissance and support company
A Maintenance Company
A reserve company
The First Indochina War
(also known as the French Indochina War, Anti-French War, Franco-Vietnamese War, Franco-Vietminh War, Indochina War, Dirty War in France, and Anti-French Resistance War in contemporary Vietnam, was fought in French Indochina from December 19, 1946, until August 1, 1954, between the French Union's French Far East Expeditionary Corps, led by France and supported by Emperor B?o Đ?i's Vietnamese National Army against the Vi?t Minh, led by H? Chí Minh and Vő Nguyęn Giáp. Most of the fighting took place in Tonkin in Northern Vietnam, although the conflict engulfed the entire country and also extended into the neighboring French Indochina protectorates of Laos and Cambodia.
Following the reoccupation of Indochina by the French following the end of World War II, the area having fallen to the Japanese, the Vi?t Minh launched a rebellion against the French authority governing the colonies of French Indochina. The first few years of the war involved a low-level rural insurgency against French authority. However, after the Chinese communists reached the Northern border of Vietnam in 1949, the conflict turned into a conventional war between two armies equipped with modern weapons supplied by the United States and the Soviet Union.
French Union forces included colonial troops from the whole former empire (Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, Laotian, Cambodian, and Vietnamese ethnic minorities), French professional troops and units of the French Foreign Legion. The use of metropolitan recruits was forbidden by the governments to prevent the war from becoming even more unpopular at home. It was called the "dirty war" (la sale guerre) by supporters of the Left intellectuals in France (including Sartre) during the Henri Martin Affair in 1950.
While the strategy of pushing the Viet Minh into attacking a well defended base in a remote part of the country at the end of their logistical trail was validated at the Battle of Na San, the lack of construction materials (especially concrete), tanks (because of lack of road access and difficulty in the jungle terrain), and air cover precluded an effective defense.
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