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In Honour and by Victory, neinth episode : the 13th Foreign Legion Half-Brigade

MA BA ExpoMol 09 1 300x202 In Honour and by Victory, neinth episode : the 13th Foreign Legion Half BrigadeIn June 1940, the 13th Foreign Legion Half-Brigade (13e DBLE) was withdrawn to Great-Britain from Norway along with the remaining troops of the Franco-British Expeditionary force. Over one thousand legionnaires, half of the men serving in the Brigade, chose to continue the fight by joining the Free French Forces, thus forming its core.

The Brigade was sent to Dakar in Senegal, took part in the fightingMA BA ExpoMol 09 2 300x278 In Honour and by Victory, neinth episode : the 13th Foreign Legion Half Brigade during the Battle of Gabon in November 1940, went on to fight against the Italians in Eritrea (March-April 1941) and against the Vichy troops in Syria, in June 1941. During the Battle of Bir Hakeim, in Libya, the Brigade fought in very harsh conditions while resisting against the attacks led by the Germans and the Italians during the months of June and July 1942. In October 1942, it took part in the decisive Second Battle of El Alamein, in Egypt.

MA BA ExpoMol 09 3 300x214 In Honour and by Victory, neinth episode : the 13th Foreign Legion Half BrigadeAfter the Tunisia Campaign, in May 1943, the 13e DBLE was assigned to the 1st Free French Division in April 1944, where it distinguished itself on several occasions. In August 1944, it participated in the landings of Provence and fought with distinction for the liberation of France, from Toulon to the Alsace region. After a journey of 90,000 kilometres, the 13th BFL ended the war in the Alps.

96 Companions of the Liberation served in the 13th Half-Brigade of the Foreign Legion.

Credits : © the Musée de l’Ordre de la Liberation / All rights reserved

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