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"Sapper", "hussar" ... The delicious origin of military names


The names of army corps have unusual origins. Le Figaro invites you to discover them with this military test.

"When I grow up, I'll be a firefighter!"

How many times have these children's words been said?

It is enough to see their eyes shine with the passage of a tawny truck or a rider on horseback to realize it: these functions arouse their interest.

The parade on July 14 confirms this every year.

Whether it is a mixed feeling of curiosity, admiration, or fear, soldiers rarely leave people indifferent.

To discover

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... These names often have an unusual origin. Take the word


. It designates a military unit of the army, made up of several battalions, squadrons or groups. But did you know that the regiment was originally a


? The word appears in the 13th century in French to designate a

"book giving rules of life, of conduct"

. In the 14th century, it became a

"medical treatment, care"

, before being

"the direction, the government"

. Finally, in the 16th century, to be a

“military unit under the command of a colonel”


The stories behind these names of military posts are often startling.

Le Figaro invites

you to discover them by taking this test. In play!

Source: lefigaro

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