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Encyclopedia > French Army
French Army

Components
Army Light Aviation
Troupes de marine
French Foreign Legion
Chasseurs alpins
List of current regiments
Structure of the French Army
Administration
Chief of Staff of the French Army
Equipment
Modern Equipment
History
History of the French Army
Timeline of the French Army
Personnel
List of senior officers
Rank insignia
Awards, Decorations and Badges
Croix de guerre
Médaille militaire
Légion d'honneur
Ribbons of the French military and civil awards

The French Army, officially the Armée de Terre (Army of the land), is the land-based component of the French Armed Forces and the largest. As of 2007, the army employs 134,000 regular soldiers, with additional 15,500 reservist and 25,750 civilians.[1] All soldiers are professional since conscription was suspended in 1996. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The French Army Light Aviation (French: Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre) (ALAT) is a the aviation part of the French Army. ... The Troupes de marine (marine troops) is a subset of the French Army dedicated to external operations. ... “Legionnaire” redirects here. ... Chasseurs alpins wear a special wide beret. ... // CFAT CFAT (Commandement de la Force d’Action Terrestre or Command of the Terrestrial Fighting Forces) commands the following 8 brigades interarmes (interarm brigades): 1re Brigade Mécanisée – 1st Mechanized Brigade in Chalons en Champagne Leclerc main battle tank 501e-503e Régiment de Chars de Combat (501e-503e... // CFAT (Commandement de la Force d’Action Terrestre or Command of the Terrestrial Fighting Forces) commands the following 8 brigades interarmes (interarm brigades): Leclerc main battle tank 501e-503e Régiment de Chars de Combat (501e-503e RCC ) armoured Regiment in Mourmelon le Grand with 80 Leclerc 1er Régiment... The Chief of the Staff of the French Army (French: ) is the professional head of the French Army. ... // SIG P220 - 9 mm - pistol GIAT BM92-G1 (PAMAS-G1) - 9 mm - pistol FAMAS - 5. ... Henry IV at the Battle of Ivry, by Peter Paul Rubens. ... The ranks in the French Army : // The title of Maréchal de France is awarded as a distinction, rather than a rank. ... The Croix de guerre is a military decoration of both Belgium and France which was first created in 1915. ... French Military Medal The Médaille militaire (Military Medal) is a decoration of the French Republic which was first instituted in 1852. ... Chiang Kai-sheks Légion dhonneur. ... Here stands a list of the ribbons of the French military and civil awards // Order (decoration) State decoration Les décorations françaises ISBN 2-911468-99-6 Site très complet traitant des décorations militaires et civiles françaises Categories: | | | ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The Military of France has a long history of serving its country. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Organisation

The army is divided into different Corps or armes. These corps have only symbolical and administrative value.

The operational organisation of the Army mixes units from different Corps in seventeen Brigades. The Marine Troops (Troupes de Marines) is a subset of the French Army dedicated to external operations. ... “Legionnaire” redirects here. ... Armour sucks ass alottttttttttt Armour was also commonly used to protect war animals, such as war horses and elephants. ... French Republican Guard - May 8, 2005 celebrations Cavalry (from French cavalerie) were soldiers or warriors who fought mounted on horseback in combat. ... Artillery with Gabion fortification Cannons on display at Fort Point Continental Artillery crew from the American Revolution Firing of an 18-pound gun, Louis-Philippe Crepin, (1772 – 1851) A forge-welded Iron Cannon in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. ... The French Army Light Aviation (French: Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre) (ALAT) is a the aviation part of the French Army. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors consisting of two or more rotor blades. ... Polish military engineers at work in Pakistan A military engineer is primarily responsible for the design and construction of offensive, defensive and logistical structures for warfare. ... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, bicycles, or other means. ... Chasseurs alpins wear a special wide beret. ... Materiel (from the French for material) is the equipment and supplies in Military and commercial supply chain management. ... Military communications are links between battlefield units, including connections to a higher command or home country. ... A commissary is someone delegated by a superior to execute a duty or an office. ... Brigade is a term from military science which refers to a group of several battalions (typically two to four), and directly attached supporting units (normally including at least an artillery battery and additional logistic support). ...

French soldiers of the IFOR in Mostar, 1995. A flak jacket is worn with the then-characteristic (and since widely exported) SPECTRA helmet. AMX 30 AuF1 armoured artillery in the background.
French soldiers of the IFOR in Mostar, 1995. A flak jacket is worn with the then-characteristic (and since widely exported) SPECTRA helmet. AMX 30 AuF1 armoured artillery in the background.

Image File history File links Hirlimann-Mostar-evacuation. ... Image File history File links Hirlimann-Mostar-evacuation. ... The acronym IFOR may also refer to the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. ... Mostar (Мостар) is a city and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation. ... A bare SPECTRA helmet. ... The AMX 30 AuF1 is a ground-ground artillery system using the AMX 30 hull. ...

Statistics

French Armée de Terre statistics
Personnel (Regular Army) 134,000
Personnel (reserve forces) 15,500
Main Battle Tanks 407 Leclercs (as of 2007), 614 AMX-30B2s
Reconnaissance vehicles 1280 VBLs, 337 AMX-10s, 192 ERC-90s
Infantry fighting vehicles 550 VBCIs (ordered), 601 AMX-10Ps
APCs 3,975 VABs
Artillery pieces and mortar 85 TRF1s, 72 Caesar systems (currently being delivered), 134 AMX 30 AuF1s
Helicopters 80 Eurocopter Tigers (currently being delivered), 10 EC-175s, 4 AS-352s, 18 AS-555s, 21 AS-532, 276 Gazelles, 101 SA-330s

The US M1A1 Abrams tank is a typical modern main battle tank. ... The gunners position, looking down from the turret roof. ... Overview Perhaps the most successful post-war French armored vehicle design, the AMX-30 main battle tank was designed by GIAT Industries with a focus on good firepower and superior mobility. ... Mixed reconnaissance patrol of the Polish Home Army and the Soviet Red Army during Operation Tempest, 1944 Reconnaissance is the military term for the active gathering of information about an enemy, or other conditions, by physical observation. ... The Panhard Véhicule Blindé Léger (Light armoured vehicle) is a wheeled 4x4 all-terrain vehicle offered in various configurations. ... The AMX 10 P is a French armoured personnel carrier. ... The Panhard ERC 90 (Engin de Reconnaissance Canon 90 mm) is a light 6x6 armoured car. ... An M2 Bradley Infantry fighting vehicle. ... The Véhicule Blindé de Combat dInfanterie (VBCI, Armoured vehicle for infantry combat) is a French armoured fighting vehicle designed to replace the AMX-10P. They are planned to join active service in 2008, with 550 combat vehicles (VBCI/VCI) and 150 command vehicles (VBCI/VPC). ... The AMX 10 P is a French infantry fighting vehicle. ... Armoured personnel carriers (APCs) are armoured fighting vehicles developed to transport infantry on the battlefield. ... The Véhicule de lAvant Blindé or VAB (Armoured Vanguard Vehicle in French) is an armoured personnel carrier manufactured by the Euro Mobilité Division of GIAT Industries of France. ... Artillery with Gabion fortification Cannons on display at Fort Point Continental Artillery crew from the American Revolution Firing of an 18-pound gun, Louis-Philippe Crepin, (1772 – 1851) A forge-welded Iron Cannon in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. ... US soldier loading a M224 60-mm mortar. ... Fired by the 93rd mountain artillery regiment The 155mm towed cannon Tr-F1 is a French towed howitzer produced by GIAT and used by the French army. ... The CAESAR (CAmion Equipé dun Système dARtillerie)[1] is a 155 mm/52-calibre artillery piece installed on a 6X6 truck chassis. ... The AMX 30 AuF1 is a ground-ground artillery system using the AMX 30 hull. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more large horizontal rotors (propellers). ... The Eurocopter Tiger is an attack helicopter manufactured by the Eurocopter Group. ... AS 532 Cougar The Eurocopter Cougar is a twin-engined, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter. ... The Aérospatiale Puma is a medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter originally manufactured by Aérospatiale of France. ... The Fennec is a single-engined, light-weight, multipurpose helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter. ... AS 532 Cougar The Eurocopter Cougar is a twin-engined, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter. ... The Gazelle is a French-designed helicopter, created by the company Sud Aviation, that later became Aérospatiale, and later still Eurocopter. ... The Aerospatiale Puma is a medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter originally manufactured by Aerospatiale of France. ...

Principles and values

French Military

Components
French Air Force
French Army
French Navy
French Gendarmerie
Ranks
Ranks in the French Army
Ranks in the French Navy
History of the French Military
Military History of France
La Grande Armée

The principles and values of the French Army are exposed in the code du soldat français ("code of the French soldier") : The Military of France has a long history of serving its country. ... Image File history File links France_coa. ... The French Air Force is the air force branch of the French Armed Forces. ... The French Navy, officially called the National Navy (French: Marine Nationale) is the maritime arm of the French military. ... Gendarmes Gendarmes guarding the Paris Hall of Justice Gendarmerie motorcyclists police the roads and autoroutes of rural France. ... Image File history File links Auteur: Cornelis File links The following pages link to this file: Ranks in the French Army ... The ranks in the French Army : // The title of Maréchal de France is awarded as a distinction, rather than a rank. ... The rank insignia of the French Navy are worn on epaulettes of shirts and white jackets, and on sleeves for navy jackets and mantels. ... Image File history File links Armoiries_France_Ancien. ... Henry IV at the Battle of Ivry, by Peter Paul Rubens. ... Image File history File links Grenadier_Pied_1_1812_Revers. ... La Grande Armée (French for the Great Army or the Grand Army) first entered the annals of history when, in 1805, Napoleon I renamed the army that he had assembled on the French coast of the English Channel for the proposed invasion of Britain and re-deployed it East...

Mastering his own strength, he respects the opponent and is careful to spare populations. He observes orders while respecting laws, customs of war and international conventions (...) He is open to the world and the society and respects their differences [2]

See also

The Military of France has a long history of serving its country. ... The ranks in the French Army : // The title of Maréchal de France is awarded as a distinction, rather than a rank. ...

References

  1. ^ L'armée de Terre en chiffres (Décembre 2006)
  2. ^ Original French : Maître de sa force, il respecte l’adversaire et veille à épargner les populations. Il obéit aux ordres, dans le respect des lois, des coutumes de la guerre et des conventions internationales. (...) Il est ouvert sur le monde et la société, et en respecte les différences. : [1]

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