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In an attempt to support the embattled troops the 1er BEP Replacement Company ( 120 men ) under Lieutenant Loth had been merged with 268 men from 3e BCCP ( Bataillon Colonial de Commandos Parachutistes, Parachute Colonial Commando Battalion ) under Captain Cazeaux and they were parachuted into That Khe on 8 October, but over the course of the next week destroyed as well.
Only 23 survivors of the 1st BEP, led by Captain Jeanpierre, managed to escape to French lines: it became the first French parachute battalion lost in combat, followed by the 3rd BCCP, of which only 14 soldiers returned unscathed.

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