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A must have in your Special Forces collection, guaranteed original issue, these genuine HALO WINGS are hallmarked (makers marked) in the reverse Y. BOUSSEMART.
Unit History: The origins of the 1er RPIMa dates back to the Second World War. The Regiment was first formed as the 1?re Compagnie d?Infanterie de l'Air in Britain, redesignated 1re Compagnie de Chasseurs Parachutistes (1e CCP) under Captain Georges Berg?. It consisted of around 50 paratroopers when they were transferred to David Stirling's Special Air Service in the North African campaign; in this unit, they took part in successful operations in Africa, Crete, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Today, this SAS heritage still shows in the regimental insignia and the regimental motto "Qui Ose Gagne" (Who Dares Wins). After completing the SAS training course they were called French Squadron SAS. The regiment is the heir to the two Free French Special Air Service (SAS): 3 SAS (3e RCP) and 4 SAS (2e RCP). Following the end of World War II, 3 and 4 SAS was handed over to the French Army on 1 October 1945. The regiment was restructured after returning from Indochina and acted as training depot for the colonial parachute force during the Algerian War. It remained in this role until 1974 when it became a Special forces regiment.
Due to its long history with the British Special Air Service much of the 1er RPIMa core aspects are based upon the British SAS. Each company specialises in a particular area such as maritime, air ops/pathfinder, mobility.
There are also three support company's:
- Command and Logistic Company
- Signals Company
- Training Company
Selection & Training:-
Few details are available regarding the selection and training for the 1st RPIMa. The course is similar to that of the British SAS. Candidates can volunteer for selection and come from other regular French army regiments. Candidates are put through an intensive physical program that includes an obstacle course, carrying large logs over their shoulders, small boat usage and swimming, and a simulated evasion course where the candidate is confronted and attacked by course instructors and must show determination and aggression and defeat the threat. Candidates must also carry heavy rucksacks over terrain, navigating from checkpoints.
Failure rates are around 90%. Following the completion of the course, candidates are presented with the 1st RPIMa insignia badge by an instructor.
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