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501e-503e Régiment de chars de combat
File:Insigne régimentaire du régiment à 80 chars des 501e & 503e.jpg
Regimental Insignia of the 501e-503e RCC
Country Flag of France.svg France
Branch French Army
Service history
Active 31 August 1994 - 23 June 2009
Role Arme blindée cavalerie
Armoured Armed Cavalry
Part of 1st Mechanized Brigade

The 501e-503e Régiment de chars de combat 501e-503e RCC in French, (501e-503e R.C.C, or 501st-503rd Combat Tank Regiment) was an armoured tank unit of the French Army. The regiment was the armoured component of the 1st Mechanised Brigade. The regiment was equipped with 80 tanks. The 503e RCC was dissolved in 2009.


The 501e Régiment de chars de combat 501e RCC was merged with the 503e Régiment de chars de combat 503e RCC in 1994 to form the 501st/503rd RCC armed with 80 Leclerc tanks.

The regiment has participated to numerous combats engagements. The regiment participated to the relieving missions in ex-Yugoslavia, and Kosovo and was found on all exterior theatres of intervention (Tchad, Lebanon, Kuwait, Central African Republic, as well as Senegal , the Ivory Coast and Afghanistan).

The regiment was articulated in two groups of 40 Leclerc tanks each supported by two squadrons: one of general means and the other of maintenance.

Each group of squadron can be projected in exterior theatres of operations.

The 501e-503e RCC in a complete count was constituted of 80 tanks, 500 armor and diverse vehicles articulated by 1300 men.

The 503e RCC was dissolved on June 23, 2009.

The 501e RCC remained part of the 1st Mechanized Brigade 1re BM until August 1, 2009 and accordingly integrated the 2nd Armoured Brigade 2e BB.

The 239 military personnel of the 503e reinforced the squadrons of the 501e.


The regiment was composed of 13 squadrons articulated by 1300 men:

  • EAS - Administration and Support Squadron
  • 1er Groupe d’Escadron (1er GE) - 1st Squadron Group (x40 MBTs)
    • ECL - Command and Logistics Squadron
    • 1er Esc - 1st Squadron
    • 2e Esc - 2nd Squadron
    • 3e Esc - 3rd Squadron
  • 2e Groupe d’Escadron (2e GE) 2nd Squadron Group (x40 MBTs)
    • ECL - Command and Logistics Squadron
    • 1er Esc - 1st Squadron
    • 2e Esc - 2nd Squadron
    • 3e Esc - 3rd Squadron
  • EEI - Reconnaissance Squadron
  • EMR - Regimental Maintenance Squadron
  • 5e Esc - 5th Reserve Squadron



Regimental ColorsEdit



Battle HonoursEdit

Regimental CommandersEdit

  • 1990-1992 : colonel Gallineau
  • 1992-1994 : colonel d’Achon
  • 1994-1996 : colonel de Parseval
  • 1996-1998 : colonel Desportes
  • 1998-2000 : colonel de Villiers
  • 2000-2002 : colonel Houssay
  • 2002-2004 : colonel Klotz
  • 2004-2006 : colonel Goupil
  • 2006- 2008 : colonel Palu
  • 2008- 2009 : colonel Nimser (since August 1, 2009, the 501e-503e RCC was dissolved and was restructured under the designation of 501e RCC).

See alsoEdit


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