The Légion Étrangère (Foreign Legion) are perhaps the most well-known French infantry formation. The Thirties had seen them relegated to the role of garrison and construction troops and their glory days at the head of French expeditions were now behind them. Nevertheless they were still a volunteer force and composed of men on long-service contracts. Man for man they were still the formations with the most combat experience.
The division between the traditional infantry battalions and the mounted companies (often termed mule companies) was retained, but the ‘mobile companies’ were now to be motorised. For most companies this was to be in trucks, but at least one squadron was fitted out as ‘armoured infantry’. This was achieved by the issue of a platoon of armoured cars, a platoon’s worth of Berliet VUDB armoured carriers (presumably organised like the cavalry with two sections) and enough Panhard 179 armoured carriers to mount three platoons. Other companies might have a single platoon of armoured cars, an infantry platoon in Panhard 179s and three platoons in trucks.
Two Foreign Legion Cavalry Regiments were re-equipped in a similar fashion to the Chasseurs d’Afrique and unlike their infantry counterparts had a more active combat role in the Thirties. Unlike the Chasseurs however the move to wholly motorised formations was more complete. By 1934 at least one squadron had an establishment of a single platoon of three White-Laffly AMD 50 armoured cars and three platoons, each of five Berliet VUDB carriers (one for the HQ and two each for the sections). Other squadrons were mobilised in a variety of trucks.