After the Second World War which put an end to centuries of internal struggles on the European continent, the total destruction and the millions of lives lost made realize that the solution could only be found in peaceful understanding between the European nations.

The French and German post World War II leaders understood the necessity to foster friendship relations between them ; this resulted in the Elysée Treaty in 1963. Konrad Adenauer and General De Gaulle were the driving forces behind this reconciliation. The treaty already included cooperation in the defence domain.

In 1989 a further step in French German defence cooperation was realized with the creation of the French German Brigade (5.000 soldiers) based in Müllheim (Germany).

In October 1991, the French President François Mitterrand and the German Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl, were eager to increase the visible signs of the reconciliation between France and Germany while fostering simultaneously an idea of European Defence. A few months later, May 1992 both governments decided to set up in Strasbourg a French-German Corps Headquarters, where both nations would share equally the command but also the burden. Eurocorps was born.

Shortly after, the French and German governments decided to open this headquarters to members of the Western European Union.

Eurocorps history


Creation of Eurocorps by France and Germany


Integration of Belgium


SACEUR Agreement which puts Eurocorps at disposal of NATO


Integration of Spain


Full Operational Capability declared


Integration of Luxembourg


First mission abroad


Certification as NATO High Readiness Force


Certification as NATO Response Force


Implementation of the Treaty of Strasbourg


Cooperation Agreement with European Union Military Staff


Certification as EU Battle Group Force HQ


Certification as EU Battle Group Force HQ


NATO Response Force (NRF)

Commanding GeneralLieutenant General Laurent KOLODZIEJ

Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej was commissioned into the French cavalry in 1987. He served in the French Foreign Legion in Orange and Djibouti. Among the highlights of his career were his command of the light armoured regiment of the French Mountain Brigade (4th chasseur regiment) and later that of one of the only two French amphibious brigades (6th light armoured brigade). He was also appointed French military attaché to the United Kingdom in London. He was Commander of RRC France before taking command of Eurocorps since 2019.

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