9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment

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9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment
(9e Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes)
Insigne du 9° RCP.jpg
Regimental insignia
Active 9th Infantry Regiment
(1562 - 1956)
9e RCP
(1956 – 1999)
1e RCP
1999 - present
Country France
Branch French Army

9th Infantry Regiment

French Airborne Regiment (1956)
Part of

10th Parachute Division
25th Parachute Division

11th Parachute Brigade
Garrison/HQ Quartier Capitaine-Beaumont, Pamiers

Normandie, en Avant !

(Normandy, Straight Ahead !)
Anniversaries Saint Michael, September 29
Jean Bréchignac
Circled Winged Armed Dextrochere Insignia of French Army Metropolitan Paratroopers worn on Red Berets. This Insignia is also worn by French Foreign Legion Paratroopers on Green Berets. Parachutiste métropolitain légion-béret.jpg
Abbreviation 9e RCP

The 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (French: 9e Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes, 9e RCP) was an airborne unit of the French Army that was part of the French Airborne Units and all three histories of the 10th Parachute Division, 25th Parachute Division and the 11th Parachute Brigade. It was formed during the Algerian War and fought its most notable engagement at the Battle of Frontiers in 1958 at Souk Ahras during which the sacrifice of Captain's Beaumont 3rd combat company earned naming the garrison of the 9th Parachute Chasseur in his honor. During the Algerian War, the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment relieved the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment (1er RCP) and became part of the 25th Parachute Division.[3] The regiment didn’t take part in the 1961 Algiers Putsch. The regiment took part in numerous overseas operations before merging in 1999. The 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment was the heir to the traditions, battle honours and decorations of the 9th Infantry Regiment (French: 9e Régiment d'Infanterie, 9e RI) created during the Ancien Régime.

History since 1956[edit]

The 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment was created on 1 June 1956 in Algeria from the 4th Battalion of the 18th Choc Parachute Chasseur Regiment 18e RIPC and received the standard from Division Commander General Henri Sauvagnac (1956-1958) in Batna on 11 November.

The parachute regiment didn’t take part in the 1961 Algiers putsch and after the end of the Algerian War, the regiment moved to Toulouse on mainland France. The regiment later took part in numerous operations in Lebanon. The parachute regiment served extensively within the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFL)[1] and the Multinational Force in 1983 where the regiment lost 3 paratroopers during the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing.[4] Three years later, the parachute regiment was quick to take part again in the United Nations Interim Force Lebanon in 1986 and 1998-1999 while also participating in other foreign operations. The 9th parachute regiment merged in 1999 as part of a restructuring of the 11th Parachute Brigade of the French Army.

Timeline of the 9e RCP from 1956-1999[edit]

1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment - 1e RCP[edit]


The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.

Except for the Legionnaires of the 1er REG, 2e REG, 2e REP that conserve the Green Beret; the remainder of the French army metropolitan and marine paratroopers forming the 11th Parachute Brigade wear the Red Beret.

The Archangel Saint Michael, patron of the French paratroopers is celebrated on September 29.

The prière du Para (Prayer of the Paratrooper) was written by André Zirnheld in 1938.


Just like the paratrooper Brevet of the French Army; the Insignia of French Paratroopers was created in 1946. The French Army Insignia of metropolitan Paratroopers represents a closed <<winged armed dextrochere>>, meaning a "right winged arm" armed with a sword pointing upwards. The Insignia makes reference to the Patron of Paratroopers. In fact, the Insignia represents <<the right Arm of Saint Michael>>, the Archangel which according to Liturgy is the <<Armed Arm of God>>. This Insignia is the symbol of righteous combat and fidelity to superior missions. The French Army Insignia of Marine Infantry Paratroopers is backgrounded by a Marine Anchor.

The paratroopers of the regiment wear the red berets with the FourragèreFourragère aux couleurs de la Croix de guerre 1914-1918 with colors of the Croix de Guerre.

Regimental Colors[edit]

9th Parachute Chasseur Regimental Colors

Regimental Song[edit]

The regimental song is "En avant Normandie".



Battle honours[edit]

9th Infantry Regiment
9th Parachute Regiment

Regimental Commanders[edit]

Circled Winged Armed Dextrochere worn on Red Beret of French Metropolitan Paratroopers
Name Rank Tenure Note
Buchond Lieutenant Colonel 1956-1959 Operations with
Pierre Jeanpierre and 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment 1er REP
Jean Bréchignac Lieutenant Colonel 1959-1961
Defert Lieutenant Colonel 1961
Cordier Lieutenant Colonel 1961-1965
Audema Lieutenant Colonel 1965-1967
Barthez Lieutenant Colonel 1967-1969
Liron Lieutenant Colonel 1969-1971
Lartigue Lieutenant Colonel 1971-1973
Guichard Lieutenant Colonel 1973-1975
Granger Lieutenant Colonel 1975-1977
Name Rank Tenure Note
Bechu Lieutenant Colonel 1977-1979
De Courreges Lieutenant Colonel 1979-1981
Loridon Lieutenant Colonel 1981-1983
Pormente Lieutenant Colonel 1983-1985
Godinot Lieutenant Colonel 1985-1987
Pinatel Lieutenant Colonel 1987-1989
Champtiaux Lieutenant Colonel 1989-1991
Amarger Lieutenant Colonel 1991-1993
Oberto Lieutenant Colonel 1993-1995
Buchoud Lieutenant Colonel 1995-1997
Servera Lieutenant Colonel 1997-1999

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Peacekeeping in between the Blue Line
  2. ^ a b c d e [1] Badges by company and mission of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment
  3. ^ Collectif, Histoire des parachutistes français, Société de Production Littéraire, 1975. In Histoire des parachutistes français (History of French Paratroopers), pages 496 and 541
  4. ^ [2] Official Website of the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment (1er RCP); list of fallen and injured paratroopers by rank and regiment including 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (9e RCP disbanded 1999 and merged with 1er RCP)

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