6th Light Armoured Brigade (France)

The 6th Light Armoured Brigade (French: 6e Brigade Légère Blindée, 6e BLB) one of the eight inter-arm brigades which are at the disposition of the Commandement de la force d'action terrestre. The headquarters of the brigade is situated in Nîmes. The brigade is capable of deploying to any exterior theatre of operation while delivering fire power, agility, and mobility.

6th Light Armoured Brigade
6e Brigade Légère Blindée
Insigne 6e BLB.jpg
Badge of the brigade
Active6th Light Armoured Division
  • 1984 - 1999

6th Light Armoured Brigade

  • 1 July 1999 – present
CountryFrance
BranchFrench Army
TypeLight Armour Brigade
Rolemotorised infantry
Size~7,500
Part of3rd Division
Garrison/HQNîmes
Nickname(s)Division Daguet
Motto(s)Vite, fort et bien ("Swiftly, Powerfully and Well")
Engagements6th Light Armoured Division

Koweït 1990–1991
6th Light Armoured Brigade

Global War on Terrorism (2001–present)

HistoryEdit

The brigade is heir to the 6th Cavalry Division (French: 6e Division de cavalerie) of 1914, the 6th Light Cavalry Division of 1940 (French: 6e Division Légère de Cavalerie), and the 6th Armoured Division, stationed in Compiègne (1951-1957) and then in Strasbourg (1977-1984)

Following the reforms of the French Army in 1999, the division was renamed the 6th Light Armoured Brigade (French: 6e Brigade Légère Blindée, 6e B.L.B).

Organization in 1984Edit

In 1984, the unit was named 6th Light Armoured Division 6e DLB and was part of the Rapid Action Force (1984-1999). The division then was formed of 7 regiments, 5 professionals out which 3 are part of the French Foreign Legion:

Structure in 2007Edit

Strong with the French Foreign Legion and Troupes de Marine consisting of 6000 service personnel with 2100 wheeled vehicles, this brigade is composed of the following 6 regiments and one transmission company:

Organization in 2009Edit

Strong with 6000 service personnel, legionnaires and Troupes de Marine the brigade is composed of:[1]

Organization in 2016Edit

Mostly manned with troops from the French Foreign Legion and Troupes de Marine, the brigade is composed of:

Division & Brigade CommandersEdit

(1984 - 1999)Edit

  • 1984 - 1986 : général de division Moreau
  • 1986 - 1988 : général de brigade Favreau
  • 1988 - 1990 : général de brigade Pincemin
  • 1990 - 1991 : général de brigade Mouscardès
  • 1991 - 1993 : général de division Bernard Janvier
  • 1993 - 1994 : général de division Bâton
  • 1994 - 1996 : général de division Rideau
  • 1996 - 1999 : général de brigade Schwrdorffer

(1999 - present)Edit

  • 1999 - 2000: général de brigade Barro
  • 2000 - 2002: général de brigade de Kermabon
  • 2002 – 2004: général de brigade Bruno Dary
  • 2006 – 2008: général de brigade Bertrand Clément-Bollée
  • 2008 – 2010: général de brigade Eric Margail
  • 2010 – 2012: général de brigade Antoine Windeck
  • 2012 – 2014: général de brigade Laurent Kolodziej
  • 2014 – 2016: général de brigade Pierre Gillet
  • 2016 - 20xx: général de brigade Benoit Durieux

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "6e Brigade Légère Blindée". French government. Retrieved 17 February 2012.

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