On 8 November 1942, certain units of this division were mobilized to become the, Algiers Territorial Division (DTA). THE BACKS OF ”... Read more. It was normal policy to disband regiments after a war was over as a cost-saving measure with the Vieux Corps and the King's own Household Troops the Maison du Roi being the only survivors. GUF, Vol. 3rd Moroccan Division. The French Order of Battle for the “Army of the East” that left in March and April 1854 for the Crimea was as follows 1:. The French Order of Battle for the “Army of the East” that left in March and April 1854 for the Crimea was as follows 1:. French troops were deployed into Italy against the Austrians, the first use of railways for mass movement. French and British armed forces Napoleon’s army and method of warfare. In addition, the 152nd Infantry Division was maintained to guard the S3 intercontinental ballistic missile base on the Plateau d'Albion. Supplied with Renault AMR 35s and Somua S35s. Division intact at time of armistice; disbanded 11 July 1940. 4, p. 205 and Sumner, Vol. Cavalry, mechanized and armoured divisions, Polish expatriate divisions in 1940 (DIP), Provisional divisions formed from fortified sectors, Vichy French divisions in France, 1940–42 (DM), Vichy French divisions in north Africa, 1941, Divisions of Free France, the Tunisian Campaign and the Army of Liberation, French North African divisions formed after the Tunisian Campaign. On 5 March 1998, in view of the ongoing structural adoptions of the French Army, the Minister of Defence decided to disband III Corps, and the dissolution became effective 1 July 1998. After 400,000 deaths, Algeria finally became independent. Campaigns: Northern Frontier, Battle of the Meuse, Lorraine Front and Retreat of the Right Wing. Specialist officers spend three months at ESM, followed by a year of on the job-training within an area of specialization determined by the type of degree held. 110e Régiment d'Infanterie (110th Infantry Regiment), Brigade Franco-Allemande(Joint French-German Brigade) - Donaueschingen (GER) Final command post vicinity. As of 2019[update], the French Army employed 114,850 personnel (including the French Foreign Legion and the Paris Fire Brigade). O fficiers Superieurs (Senior Officers) – This is the category lower to rank of General officers but higher to Junior Officers in the French military hierarchy. In 1999, the Army issued the Code of the French Soldier, which includes the injunctions: Mastering his own strength, he respects his opponent and is careful to spare civilians. 81st African Infantry Division. [26] The specialized support brigades were transferred on 1 July 1997 to Lunéville for the signals, Haguenau (the artillery brigade) and Strasbourg (engineers). ▼ Primary Sources ▼ French Army and the First World War In January 1914 the French Army had 47 divisions (777,000 French and 46,000 colonial troops) in 21 regional corps, with attached cavalry and field-artillery units. Division formed 1 March 1940 at, 45th Infantry Division. VINTAGE FRENCH ARMY MILITARY 4TH INFA***Y DIVISION INSIGNIA PATCH BADGE. [29][30], The organisation of the army is fixed by Chapter 2 of Title II of Book II of the Third Part of the Code of Defense, notably resulting in the codification of Decree 2000-559 of 21 June 2000.[31]. hour. Recreated 1 October 1944 vicinity Paris. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). 16th Military Division. French Military Reform: Lessons for America's Army? Formed 1 June 1943 in Casablanca from the former 3rd DM. Formation-A-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 as a Type Northeast division in, 7th Infantry Division. 1st Far East Colonial Division (DCEO). The 7th and 10th armored divisions were in the 1st Army Corps, and the 2nd - in the 3rd Army Corps (these units were stationed in France). Formed 10 June 1940 near, 3rd Light Infantry Division. Formed 20 March 1940 at. Final command post vicinity of. Fez Division. Formed 14 June 1940 at, 241st Light Infantry Division. The current Chief of Staff of the French Army (CEMAT) is General Thierry Burkhard, a direct subordinate of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CEMA). In August 1914, the French Armed Forces numbered 1,300,000 soldiers. Bulk of division captured or destroyed between the Somme and Le Beuvron during the period 5–19 June 1940; remnants disbanded by 11 July 1940. Each division comprised two infantry brigades, a cavalry detachment – a … 1 st Division: General Canrobert. During the French Revolutionary Wars, the increased size of campaign armies compelled the Revolutionaries to introduce the combat division as a permanent entity within army organization. The army was largely uninvolved in the street fighting in Paris which overthrew the King but later in the year troops were used in the suppression of the more radical elements of the new Republic which led to the election of Napoleon's nephew as president. Active division at the start of the war; alerted on 25 August 1939 in the region of Mulhouse. Series B units had small active components and at mobilization would be mostly composed of reserve personnel. Of the 5,692,164 men belonging to the 18 classes affected by this law, 2,716,567 were called up and … Final command post at, 30th Mountain Infantry Division. U. S. Army (1946). 1st Alpine Infantry Division. Subordination: French High Command. Subordination: Detachment of the Army of the Atlantic. The army of the Sun King tended to wear grey-white coats with coloured linings. In 1984, x2 Armoured Divisions and x1 Infantry Division were disbanded, with x1 Airmobile and x3 Light Armoured Divisions being created. Resume bidding, … However, it another 5 million men who had been trained and could be called-up in time of war. During the Great War, the French Army would call up 8,817,000 men, including 900,000 colonial troops. Clayton, 'France, Soldiers, and Africa', Brassey's Defence Publishers, 1988, p.190. 1st Algerian Division (1st DA). On 13 May the Germans forced three crossings near Sedan. Campaigns: Royan Pocket, Siege of La Rochelle and assault of Ile d'Oleron. This is a listing of French divisions that served between 1939 and 1945. The Army created two parachute divisions in 1956, the 10th Parachute Division under the command of General Jacques Massu and the 25th Parachute Division under the command of General Sauvagnac. 13th Military Division. 1, p. 174; GUF, Vol. In the 1970s–1980s, two light armoured divisions were planned to be formed from school staffs (the 12th and 14th). It is responsible to the Government of France, along with the other four components of the Armed Forces. 7th Military Division. After 1945, despite enormous efforts in the First Indochina War of 1945–54 and the Algerian War of 1954–62, both lands eventually left French control. The March divisions ("March" means provisional organizations without a formal tradition) were formed from French forces stationed in North Africa in November 1942, took part in the Tunisian Campaign and were all disbanded in mid-1943. [16] In Algeria the Army repressed an extensive rising in and around Sétif in May 1945 with heavy fire: figures for Algerian deaths vary between 45,000 as claimed by Radio Cairo at the time[17] and the official French figure of 1,020. This army was very large 5 millions men and very well equipped (also slightly lacked air power). Formation-A-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in Rennes. Formation-B-class reserve division mobilized 12 September 1939 in Toulouse. 3 rd battalion of Chasseur. ?-class reserve division mobilized on 27 August 1939 in, 5th Colonial Infantry Division. The planned divisions included the 102nd, 104e, 107e, 108e, 109e, 110e, 111e, 112e, 114e, 115th, and 127th Infantry Divisions. With the fear of war with Germany a further 2.9 million men were mobilized during the summer of 1914. In fact, they possessed good guns, good tanks for the era, and several armored and motorized divisions. They were classified by composition as Series A, B or C, and by organization and equipment as Northeast, Fortress or Overseas (i.e. The Aviation légère de l'armée de Terre (ALAT, which translates as Army Light Aviation), was established on 22 November 1954 for observation, reconnaissance, assault and supply duties. Heavy losses on … was a formation of the French Army. Division captured 22 June 1940 vicinity, 56th Infantry Division. The two DCEO divisions were intended for use in Indochina to reassert French authority after the defeat of Japan. The armored division included three … Starting bid: US $14.99. The light divisions had only two infantry regiments and were missing much equipment. Active division at the start of the war; alerted on 23 August 1939 in, 3rd Motorized Infantry Division. The bulk of the infantry for warfare was still provided by urban or provincial militias, raised from an area or city to fight locally and named for their recruiting grounds. [12] From 1948 to 1966, many French Army units fell under the integrated NATO Military Command Structure. There was also provision made for "francs-archers" units of bowmen and foot soldiers raised from the non-noble classes, but the units were disbanded once war ended.[5]. Battled U.S. 1st Infantry Division during. Final command post at, 1st Moroccan March Division (1st DMM). 2 nd Division: General Bosquet. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand. while the French Guards wore blue. The French army was heavily involved in the allies' line of defense during the final German offensives in spring 1918. Formed 16 March 1940 from the, 2nd Light Chasseurs Division. In late April 1849, it was defeated and pushed back from Rome by Giuseppi Garibaldi's volunteer corps, but then recovered and recaptured Rome. It holds a PwrIndx* rating of 0.1691 (0.0000 considered 'perfect'). The 10th Parachute Division (French: 10e division parachutiste or 10e D.P.) Division completed war in southern France. It is headed by Luc Ravel and is headquartered in Les Invalides. 1940 in Tunisia, elements later part of the Algiers Territorial Division in the Army of Transition. Campaigns: Elements saw combat in the Alps at war's end. 1 Chef de bataillon and chef d'escadrons are equivalent, with the distinction being which branch the officer served with, infantry/artillery/engineers or cavalry. [24] But with the putting-in-place of the "Réserves 2000" plan, the brigades de zone were finally disbanded by mid-1993.[25]. The French Army: Royal, Revolutionary and Imperial, Current French infantry weapons and cartridges, 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=French_Army&oldid=1000519147, Articles containing potentially dated statements from 2019, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Articles with French-language sources (fr), Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 83rd African Infantry Division. Division intact at time of armistice; disbanded 8 July 1940. The French Army joins neighbors Germany, Britain and Italy as having some of the most modern military equipment on the continent. 36th Infantry Division. In February 1996 the President of the Republic decided on a transition to a professional service force, and as part of the resulting changes, ten regiments were dissolved in 1997. These numbers did not include the Army of the Alps facing Italy and 600,000 men dispersed through the French colonial empire are not included in this figure. Former Casablanca Division, formed 16 July 1943 and disbanded 15 September 1943 due to lack of trained specialists. The division was supported by French air units, flame thrower teams, tanks and artillery. Envisioned by the Anfa Plan of January 1943 but formed as the 2nd DIC on 16 July 1943. Campaigns: Besieged German-held ports of Lorient and Quiberon. Officers by the 1920s accepted women as part of their institution.[40]. [144] Certain regiments of Vichy forces, carrying the numbers of 1940 units, were recreated in 1944-45 as part of the Army of Liberation. Entirely armoured and motorized. Formed 16 July 1943 in Senegal, later sent to Morocco and became the 10th DIC on 24 August. Recreated 15 February 1945 from liberated manpower in Bordeaux and Toulouse. Most these troops were deployed inside France with the bulk along the eastern frontier as part of Plan 17. It is an elite military unit numbering around 7,000 troops. Campaigns: Lorraine Front, Somme Front, Battle of the Somme and Retreat of the Left Wing. Division reduced to strength of four battalions at time of the armistice. Division types included infantry and mountain divisions (DI - no special abbreviation for mountain divisions), motorized divisions (DIM) and fortress divisions (DIF). Final command post in Faubourg des Postes (Lille). R.3222-3. Formed 5 December 1942 at, Oran March Division (DMO). They include the Troupes de Marine, the Armoured Cavalry Arm (Arme Blindée Cavalerie), the Artillery, the Engineering Arm (l'arme du génie), the Infantry (which includes the Chasseurs Alpins, specialist mountain infantry), Materiel Matériel, Logistics (Train) and Signals (Transmissions). Active division at the start of the war; alerted 23 August 1939 in, 44th Infantry Division. 1st Light Infantry Division. Final command post at, 67th Infantry Division. However NATO-assigned formations were withdrawn to fight in Algeria; 5th Armoured Division arrived in Algeria in April 1956. On the administrative side, there are now no more than one Direction and two services. Formed 13 June 1940 in, Poisot March Division (DMP). 2nd Moroccan Division (2nd DM). 4, p. 267. A-class reserve division mobilized on 2 September 1939 in, 6th Colonial Infantry Division. 1940 in Tunisia, one regiment of which was later part of the 10th DIC. Final command post at, 20th Infantry Division. hours. Active division at the start of the war; alerted on 23 August 1939 in Chalons-sur-Marne. 5th Armored Division stayed on in Germany after 1945, while 1st and 3rd Armoured Divisions were established in Germany in 1951. The headquarters transitioned to become Headquarters Commandement de la force d'action terrestre (CFAT) (the Land Forces Action Command). When it decided that politicians were about to sell them out and give independence to Algeria, the Army engineered a military coup that toppled the civilian government and put General de Gaulle back in power in the May 1958 crisis. Commander: General Roy. The tactical role worked out for French armored divisions by 1939 was slightly ambiguous. Formed 1 May 1943 in. Disbanded 18 April 1946. 1940 in the Levant, elements later part of the Syria South Sector and battled the 1st DFL and the, 1st Motorized Infantry Division. Subordinated to 1st Army on 24 April 1945 and served in lines-of-communication security role. The previous structure's nine 'small' divisions and sundry separate combat and combat support brigades were replaced by nine combat and four combat support brigades. Formed 27 May 1940 at, 238th Light Infantry Division. The Pope had been forced out of Rome as part of the Revolutions of 1848, and Louis Napoleon sent a 14,000 man expeditionary force of troops to the Papal State under General Nicolas Charles Victor Oudinot to restore him. In 1848 a wave of revolutions swept Europe and brought an end to the French monarchy. However, it another 5 million men who had been trained and could be called-up in time of war. Most French … AKA "The Army of Transition" Final command post at Sainte-Maure (5 kilometers north of, 23rd Infantry Division. Formed 3 March 1940 from the, 105th Fortress Division. The overall plan for the French Army was predicated upon defense, even during an advance, and upon waiting for the enemy to attack. Initially scheduled to be formed on 31 March 1940, this formation was canceled and the component units assigned to other divisions. Formed 5 June 1940 in reduced strength from remnants of the 4th DLC vicinity, 1st Armoured Division. Officers in both programs graduate as Second Lieutenants and may reach Lieutenant Colonels rank. Division intact at time of armistice. [36] However, by the 1980s the number had been reduced to six: the 1st Military Region (France) with its headquarters in Paris, the 2nd Military Region (France) at Lille, the 3rd Military Region (France) at Rennes, the 4th Military Region (France) at Bordeaux, the 5th at Lyons and 6th at Metz. 27th Alpine Infantry Division. The structure remained largely unchanged and many officers of the Empire retained their positions. Headquartered in Limoges. Campaigns: Lorraine Front, Alsace Front and Retreat of the Right Wing. Campaigns: Alsace Front and Retreat of the Right Wing. An active division at the start of the war, mobilized 23 August 1939 in, 1st North African Light Infantry Division. Formation-B-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in Lille. The long 19th century and the second empire. [27] By June 1999, the Army's strength had dropped to 186,000, including around 70,000 conscripts. 4th Light Mechanized Division. Division captured 21–22 June 1940 vicinity, 101st Fortress Division. WW2 French Army Artillery 57 Division Badge Vintage DRAGO. Division disbanded on 11 July 1940. 2nd Division; 3rd Division; 4th Division; 5th Division; 6th Division; 7th Division; 8th Division; 9th Division; 10th Division; 11th Division; 12th Division; 13th Division; 14th Division; 15th Division; 16th Division; 17th Division; 18th Division; 19th Division; 20th Division; 21st Division; 22nd Division; 23rd Division; 24th Division; 25th Division; 26th Division; 27th Division; 28th Division Formation-A-class reserve division mobilized 22 August 1939 in, 29th Mountain Infantry Division. It achieved its aims in six months, but did not fully withdraw until 1828. Condition: Used. There were exceptions and the foreign troops, recruited from outside France, wore red (Swiss, Irish etc.) Division captured on 4 June 1940. Return to … stationed in the colonies). A Véhicule blindé de combat d'infanterie on display. The French armored division could field only half the vehicles of its enemy counterpart, the German panzer division. Division disbanded and elements contributed to the formation of the 3rd Colonial Infantry Division on 14 August 1945. Inactivated 10 September 1939 in Morocco. Infantry divisions in the French Army fell into three "series"—A, B, and C. Series A included active units and higher-quality reserve units, respectively designated active and formation. Unit still intact on 25 June 1940. Subordination: V and III Corps of the 1st Army. In 1684, there was a major reorganisation of the French infantry and another in 1701 to fit in with Louis XIV's plans and the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1980, the French Army had x4 Infantry Divisions, x8 Armoured Divisions, x1 Alpine, x1 Airborne and x1 Marine Division. The French Army, officially the Ground Army to distinguish it from the French Air and Space Force, is the land-based and largest component of the French Armed Forces. Division reformed as 25th Airborne Division on 1 February 1946; later restructured as three task forces and disbanded on 8 June 1948. The main resistance came from the Belgian 1st Chasseurs Ardennais , the 1st Cavalry Division reinforced by engineers and the French 5e Division Légère de Cavalerie (5th DLC). Most members of the army were in the infantry. The divisions were also designated by "type", of which there were Northeast, Overseas and Mountain. R3222-3 Code de la défense, art. A desert version called the Daguet has been worn since the First Gulf War which consist of large irregular areas of chestnut brown and light grey on a sand khaki base. The 2nd Armoured Division left Versailles on 1 September 1997 and was installed at Châlons-en-Champagne in place of the disbanding 10th Armoured Division. In fact, they possessed good guns, good tanks for the era, and several armored and motorized divisions. Formed 31 May 1940 in the Department of Creuse (, 59th Light Infantry Division. In May 1940 the French Army embodied 101 infantry divisions (Division d'Infanterie or DI), of which 91 were located in metropolitan France. 3rd Algerian Division (3rd DA). The Army was now uniformed in dark blue coats and red trousers, which it would retain until the First World War. It is not strictly an Arme but a commandement particulier, whose regiments belong to several arms, notably the infantry and the engineering arm. Division was intended for use in Norway and shipped to Scotland before being returned to Brest by 19 May 1940. Most these troops were deployed inside France with the bulk along the eastern frontier as part of Plan 17. Formation-B-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in Nancy. From west to east they were: 87th Territorial Division. 2nd Algerian Division (2nd DA). The Grand Army of the 1812 Campaign could not be replaced and with the "ulcer" of the ongoing peninsular war against Britain and Portugal in Spain the French army was badly short of trained troops and French manpower was almost exhausted. There are two different programs, combat officers and specialist officers. Formed 30 May 1940 west of, 235th Light Infantry Division. Formation-B-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in the region of, 58th Infantry Division. Regiments could be raised directly by the King and so be called after the region in which they were raised or by the nobility and so called after the noble or his appointed colonel. Formation-B-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in, 62nd Infantry Division. The division was forced west of Caen, dispersed, and bypassed b… Bulk of division captured over the course of the campaign; 649 men remained in the division by the time of the armistice. Formed 1 March 1940 in Tunisia. Disbanded 31 August 1944, did not see combat. A-class reserve division mobilized on 1 September 1939 in, 8th Colonial Infantry Division. The remnants of the royal army were then joined to the revolutionary militias known as sans-culottes, and the "National Guard" a more middle class militia and police force, to form the French Revolutionary Army. Campaigns: Lorraine Front, Northern Frontier, Battle of the Dyle and Battle of the North. Formation-B-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in Marseille. Established in 1956, it fought primarily in the Suez Crisis and the Algerian War. In the centre, German Army Group A smashed through the Belgian infantry regiments and French Light Divisions of the Cavalry (Divisions Légères de Cavalerie) advancing into the Ardennes, and arrived at the Meuse River near Sedan on the night of 12–13 May. In 2005, the Army historical service (SHAT) became the "Land" department of the, Non-commissioned officers with three years in the army, spend two years at, Lewis, J. New division formed 30 April 1940 in, 8th Colonial Light Infantry Division. Engineer Base Plant 248. The reshuffle created many of the modern regiments of the French Army and standardised their equipment and tactics. Formed 16 March 1940 near, 103rd Fortress Division. Hundreds of thousands of Harkis, Moslems loyal to Paris, went into exile in France, where they and their children and grandchildren remain in poorly assimilated "banlieue" suburbs. Four battalions of infantry, 2 battalions of artillery; all other branches nonexistent or in embryonic form. There are a total of [ 19 ] Active French Army Vehicles and Artillery (2021) entries in the Military Factory. The Series A active units had 2/3 of their authorized strength while the Series B formation units had a little over 20% of their authorized strength. While an upper limit of 14 French divisions committed to NATO had been set by the Treaty of Paris, the total did not exceed six divisions during the Indochina War, and during the Algerian War the total fell as low as two divisions. The Grande Armée operated by seeking a decisive battle with each enemy army and then destroying them in detail before rapidly occupying territory and forcing a peace. Those troops finally took part in the battle. Division captured 23 June 1940 vicinity, 52nd Infantry Division. Campaigns: Saint-Nazaire Pocket. [14] After the Algiers putsch, the two divisions, with the 11th Infantry Division, were merged into a new light intervention division, the 11th Light Intervention Division, on 1 May 1961. Formation-A-class reserve division mobilized 22 August 1939 in Nice. Each division had three infantry regiments, a reconnaissance regiment of two battalions and an artillery regiment. Instead of slowly massing artillery as the French expected, the … Former Marrakech Division, formed 1 March 1943 and became the 4th DMM on 1 June 1943. Details about WW2 French Army Artillery 57 Division Badge Vintage DRAGO. was a formation of the French Army. The structure of the French Army is fixed by Chapter 2 of Title II of Book II of the Third Part of the Code of Defense, notably resulting in the codification of Decree 2000-559 of 21 June 2000. France was humiliated by defeat in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870–1871. A bachelor's degree is required. 17th Infantry Division. The Compagnies d'ordonnance formed the core of the Gendarme Cavalry into the 16th century. Branches such as the heavy artillery, which was located far behind the front lines, and those cavalry regiments that were still mounted, remained … Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). It holds a PwrIndx* rating of … From the early 1970s, 2nd Army Corps was stationed in South Germany, and effectively formed a reserve for NATO's Central Army Group. Formed 1 June 1940 at, 236th Light Infantry Division. Subordination: French High Command. Consisting of troops from mainland France and from the then French colonial empire, the division was formed by the first units to rally to de Gaulle after the fall of France. By comparison with the earlier Napoleonic invasion, this expedition was rapid and successful. The Legion has gained worldwide recognition for its service, most recently in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan since 2001. Formation-A-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in, 36th Infantry Division. 3rd Moroccan Division (3rd DM). Material transferred to the 1st DFL. AKA "The New Army" Formation-A-Class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in. The division … Campaigns: Alpine Frontier and Alpine Front. The Spahis retain the long white cloak or "burnous" of the regiment's origin as North African cavalry. It was dissolved immediately after the Algiers putsch of 1961. Henry II further regularised the French army by forming standing Infantry regiments to replace the Militia structure. The two Services are the service of ground equipment, and the integrated structure of operational maintenance of terrestrial materials (SIMMT, former DCMAT). 2nd Moroccan Infantry Division (2nd DIM). In terms of Article R.3222-3 of the Code of Defence,[32] the Army comprises: The French Army was reorganized in 2016. Elements battled U.S. 9th Infantry Division during Operation Torch from 8 to 11 November 1942. Former 1st DCEO, formed August 1945. 1 st Division: General Canrobert. In 1939 the French Army had 900,000 regular soldiers. 2nd Moroccan Division. Headquartered in Toulouse. The first of them (Régiments de Picardie, Piémont, Navarre and Champagne) were called Les Vieux Corps (The Old Corps). The Troupes de marine are the former Colonial Troops of the l'Armee de terre. Formation-B-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in Limoges. During the French Revolutionary Wars, the increased size of campaign armies compelled the Revolutionaries to introduce the combat division as a permanent entity within army organization. Campaigns: Alsace Front and Retreat of the Right Wing. 1 st and 9 th battalions of Chasseurs. Formed 8 June 1940 at, 237th Light Infantry Division. Condition: Used “ THIS COMES FROM A LOT OF MILITARY ITEMS. Former DMA / 1st DIA, formed 16 July 1943, disbanded 15 August 1944 due to lack of trained specialists. Former 2nd DIC, formed 24 August 1943 and disbanded 15 January 1944 due to lack of trained specialists. Division completed war in western France; disbanded 31 January 1946. The Army Chief of Staff (Chef d'état-major de l'armée de Terre (CEMAT)). The current Chief of Staff of the French Army is General Thierry Burkhard, a direct subordinate of the Chief of the Defence Staff. Campaigns: Occupation of the Dorsal, Battle of Fondouk-el-okbi, Battles of Karachoum and l'Ouechtatia, Battle of Ousselatia, Evacuation of the eastern Dorsal, Defense of the western Dorsal, Reoccupation of the eastern Dorsal, Pursuit to the northeast, Final victory. Formed 16 January 1940 at Haute, 3rd Armoured Division. The cavalry divisions (DC) were renamed light divisions (DL) in February 1940 and then light cavalry divisions (DLC) in March 1940.[1]. Formed 1 May 1943 in Henchir-ed-deba, Tunisia, from elements of the DTO that had been committed to combat in Tunisia from December 1942 forward. Was: Original price US … Campaigns: None. 2nd Colonial Division (2nd DC). Created 1 September 1943 in Tunisia and subsequently moved to Morocco. Division captured 18 June 1940 vicinity, 70th Infantry Division. Campaigns: Alsace Front, Somme Front, Battle of the Somme and Retreat of the Center. Formation-A-class reserve division mobilized 2 September 1939 in, 47th Infantry Division. "Vichy French Forces in France 1 March 1941", stonebooks.com page on Free French divisions, 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French), Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany, Rape during the Soviet occupation of Poland, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_French_divisions_in_World_War_II&oldid=968458381, Lists of military units and formations of World War II, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 3rd Light Cavalry Division. Campaigns: Lorraine Front, Aisne Front, Battle of the Aisne and Retreat of the Center. 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