Remy Raffalli
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Remy Raffalli
Barthélémy Rémy Raffalli
Born16 March 1913
Nice, France
Died10 September 1952
Saigon, State of Vietnam
Service/branchFrench Army
Foreign Airborne
Years of service1933-1951
RankChef d'Escadrons
Unit1st Algerian Saphis Regiment

3rd Moroccan Spahis Regiment
5th Moroccan Tirailluers Regiment
1st Foreign Regiment
1er RE
3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion
3ème BEP
1st Foreign Parachute Battalion
1er BEP

2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion
2ème BEP
Commands held2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion 2ème BEP
Battles/warsWorld War II
Italian Campaign
First Indochina War

Barthélémy "Rémy" Raffalli (16 March 1913 - 10 September 1952) was a French Army soldier who fought in World War II and the First Indochina War.

Early Life and pre-war service

He entered the Saint-Cyr Military School on 1 October 1933 as part of the King Albert I promotion and graduated in 1935. Raffalli then chose to enter the cavalry of the French Army and studied at the Armoured Cavalry Branch Training School in Saumur. In 1936 he was posted to the 1st Regiment of Spahis in Algeria, which he joined at Médéa, and then the 3rd Moroccan Regiment of Spahis.

World War II service

Raffalli joined the French Expeditionary Corps in Italy in 1943 and served with distinction. On 17 March 1944, he was seriously wounded while leading a squadron of the 5th Moroccan Spahis Regiment.

Post War service and death

Raffalli earned his parachute badge in September 1949. After a short tour with the 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion 3ème BEP and 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion 1et BEP, he took command of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion 2èmeBEP on 12 September 1950 in Hanoi, Vietnam. He was promoted to Chef d'Escadrons on 1 July 1951 and led the battalion during the Battle of Nghia Lo in October 1951. He was fatally wounded on 1 September 1952 while leading his battalion; he died on 10 September 1952 in Saigon.

Honors and awards


Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 ribbon.svg Croix de Guerre des Theatres d'Operations Exterieurs ribbon.svg
Medaille d'Outre-Mer (Coloniale) ribbon.svg Medaille commemorative de la Guerre 1939-1945 ribbon.svg Medaille commemorative de la Campagne d'Indochine ribbon.svg



Posthumous homages

Camp Raffalli

Camp Raffalli, the headquarters of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2ème REP) is named in his memory.

Promotion class « Chef d'Escadrons Raffalli » École militaire interarmes ESM

The 183rd promotion of the École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr chose the promotion Chef d'Escadrons Raffalli. The song of the promotion recalls the arms celebration of Chef d'Escadrons Raffalli .[1]

Rémy Raffalli - Gallery

See also


  1. ^ [1] Chant de la promotion Chef d'escadron Raffalli (ESM de Saint-Cyr)

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