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Old 03-08-2018, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default French Foreign Legion Badge collecting

I hope this is the correct forum to start this subject, but if not can it be moved to the proper forum.

In my past years of collecting I have picked up a handful of French Foreign legion badges which I think are quite striking. I would like to delve more into this field but seems there is few and far between as to reading material on these badges. I do have the Bartlett book and have been using that in my searches. I am most interested in Indochina of course with Algiers and wartime also of collecting interest. I do believe the badges I do have are all period and none are restrikes that I know of. If any are, please let me know. I would be very greatful if those with this knowledge will assist me in the tangled web of what to look for in originals, restrikes and theatre made pieces.


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Old 03-08-2018, 12:15 PM   #3
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I don't have mine on hand to tell if that is a restrike or not, but I think that 11e Choc (11 BPC) had the absolute coolest unit badge.
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Hello Greg,

Thanks for sharing! You've got a couple nice older pieces.

Your 4th REI is a nice early one (if no Depose marking - which I cant see, then good Indo era).

The 29th Regt Tirailleurs Algeriens you have is also a good ww2/post ww2 piece for Indochina/Algeria - however not legion.

1st Transport Company, Headquarters
2nd REC
6th REI - Your Balme marked piece is quite a bit later - probably 80s+
11 BPC - your example is a nice one. There were several variants including some earlier examples that are a tad more desireable for Indo era collecting.

Collector of French ww2-era insignia.

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Old 03-13-2018, 07:50 PM   #5
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I agree with scott.
Nice period made badges
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:20 PM   #6
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Hello Greg,

Your Balme produced badge (J. Balme, Saumur) is indeed from the 80's. The 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment (6 REG) existed from 1984 to 1999 when it became the 1st REG. Your badge is for the Support Company of the Regiment ("CA" - Compagnie d'Appuie).

6 REG were part of Division Daguet which took part in Desert Shield / Desert Storm.

The Legion badges from the 'modern' period continue the wonderful designs of earlier Legion / French badges. The 6 REG company badges relating to their Gulf War participation are also very interesting collectibles. Of course 6 REG took part in many other ops during their existence.

Enjoy your Legion collecting!



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