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Ejército de Tierra

Brigada 'Rey Alfonso XIII' II de la Legión

Brigada 'Rey Alfonso XIII' II de la Legión

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Destacado

Main activities

Sabado legionario
  • Spearheading the Spanish Army
  • Supporting and collaborating with civilian bodies
  • Taking part in exercises

Foreign operations

Libano_I
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Kosovo
  • Albania
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Lebanon
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Macedonia
  • Mali

Introduction

Welcome to the website of the Light Infantry Brigade “Rey Alfonso XIII”, 2nd of the Legion. Here you will learn about our unit’s day-to-day operations.

On 28 January 1920 King Alfonso XIII ordered the creation of an army unit which would be called “Foreigners Tercio (regiment)”. Its composition, duties and regulations were to be determined by the Ministry of War, at that time under the authority of José Villalba.

On 2 September of the same year Lieutenant Colonel José Millán Astray y Terreros was appointed commander of the Foreigners Tercio, and on 20 September the first legionnaire joined up. From then on, 20 September 1920 has been considered the date of establishment of the Legion, thereby highlighting the importance of the figure of legionnaire. The Legion is, therefore, the first professional unit of the Spanish Army in its recent history.

The Legion took part in the Africa campaigns, where it showed its effectiveness and commitment to the precepts of the Legionnaire Creed. As a result, on 5 October 1927 Queen Victoria Eugenie granted the unit its first battle ensign.

In November 1992 the Legion took part in the multinational force UNPROFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina as task force “Málaga”, which was composed of commanders and legionnaires from its four regiments. Since then, it has been deployed to Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lebanon. In fact, it is the first Spanish unit to be deployed to all those theatres of operations.

On 1 June 1995 the Legion Command, heir to the Legion Subinspectorate, was moved from Málaga to Almería. The Legion Brigade “Rey Alfonso XIII” was set up with troops from the Regiment “Don Juan de Austria”, with base in Fuerteventura, and the Regiment “Alejandro Farnesio”, with base in Ronda. The Brigade includes several support units: the Artillery Group, the Sappers Unit, the Logistic Group and the HQ Battalion. In addition, in 2008 a Reconnaissance Cavalry Group was integrated into the Brigade, and in 2010 the Sappers Unit became the Sappers Battalion.

The Legion has made a generous contribution to Spain over the years, with over 10,000 legionnaires dead and 40,000 injured during the different missions and campaigns the unit has taken part in. Its sacrifice has earned it the respect and admiration of the Spanish people.

Latest news of the unit

Foto de Grupo Brigada de la Legión y aspirantes de 1º y 2º curso de la Escuela Naval Militar

Friday, June 16, 2017

La Brigada de La Legión recibe la visita de los Aspirantes de la Escuela Naval Militar embarcados en el Buque “Juan Carlos I”

El viernes 16 de junio un nutrido grupo de alumnos de la Escuela Naval Militar de Marín (Galicia) visitó las instalaciones de la Brigada de La Legión con motivo...

Enseñas Nacionales del Tercio 3º y del Tercio 4º

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Unas 800 personas Juran Bandera en el Acuartelamiento Montejaque en Ronda por el DIFAS 17

El sábado 10 de junio a las 12:00 horas tuvo lugar en el Acuartelamiento “Montejaque” un acto de Jura de Bandera para personal civil, unas 800 personas, a cargo de Tercio...