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13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment

Summary
The 13e Régiment de Dragons Parachutistes (13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment) or 13e RDP is a special reconnaissance regiment of the French Army. It is a unit of the French Army Special Forces Command, the latter itself being under the Special Operations Command. The regiment is based in Martignas-sur-Jalle. Constituted in the form of a regiment of dragoons (mounted cavalry) during the Ancien Regime by the Marquis de Barbezières in Languedoc in 1676, this cavalry regiment, one of the oldest, adopted the appellation of 13e Régiment de dragons (13th Dragoon Regiment) during the reorganization of the French cavalry units in 1791. The regiment was transformed into an armoured corps in 1936, then an airborne-capable reconnaissance unit in 1952. Creation and lineage Like many regiments in European militaries of the 17th and 18th centuries the regiment often changed name to reflect its current commander or patron.
  • 1676, 4 October: formation of the regiment in Languedoc by the
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