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  Embassy of France in the US - The French Foreign Legion
The 13th Half-Brigade (Battalion) of the Foreign Legion made history at Narvik and Bjervik in Norway, then accomplished another feat in 1942 at the famous Bir-Hakeim victory in Libya.
In Indochina, the 5th Foreign Infantry Regiment escaped from the Japanese grip.
In 1969-1970, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment and the 1st Foreign Regiment took part in the Chad operations.
www.info-france-usa.org /atoz/legion/history.asp   (558 words)

  
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I'm french, and i just want to know what other people think about our foreign legion (i said OTHER people so FS let some post arrive before attacking) which is consider like one of the best (the best ?) infantry in my country (and there is several objective people in France).
Eagle601 RE:French foreign legion 12/31/2004 10:32:37 PM I saw a documaentary that stated only the officers and some NCOs were French, not sure how old it was though.
Carl D. RE:French foreign legion 1/3/2005 9:15:27 PM The clean slate and citizenship is a big plus, but as a Swedish lady of my aquaintance said, those are those "crazy" guys who want to fight.
www.strategypage.com /militaryforums/1-5904.aspx   (798 words)

  
 Kepi Blanc - French Foreign Legion
I included this article because the French Foreign Legion still has its image as a refuge for people running away from the law or running away from their past.
But the main role of the French Foreign Legion nowadays is peacekeeping missions - anywhere they need to stabilize the potentially dangerous situation, especially in the previous French colonies in Africa.
French Army is represented by a team from 2 REP (coach, sniper and spotter).
www.kepi.cncplusplus.com   (1529 words)

  
 FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
To enlist in the French Foreign Legion, all volunteers must present themselves in any recruiting office in France.
Travel costs and the eventual obtention of a visa are borne by the candidate and no help whatsoever can be accorded by the French Foreign Legion.
For four months the young legionnaire will receive a basic military instruction at the 4th Foreign Regiment located in Castelnaudary after which, he will be posted to a regiment, depending on his capabilities and the needs of the French Foreign Legion.
french-foreign-legion.com /french_foreign_legion_enlistment.html   (246 words)

  
  French Foreign Legion - Le Recrutement
Whatever your origins, nationality or religion might be, whatever qualifications you may or may not have, whatever your social or professional status might be, whether you are married or single, the French Foreign Legion offers you a chance to start a new life...
By joining the French Foreign Legion, you are sure to be a part of the news that makes the headlines either in France on manoeuvres, or on external operations in Frances territories abroad...
Whether restoring or keeping the peace, or exercising crowd control, the Legion has been able to adapt to all situations in all theatres of conflict (the Gulf War of 1990-1991; Kampuchea, Somalia in 1992-1993; Rwanda in 1994; Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia in 1993 to 2003; Central African Republic in 1996...)
www.legion-recrute.com /en   (237 words)

  
  french foreign legion - Article and Reference from OnPedia.com
The French Foreign Legion was created by Louis Philippe, then King of the French at the time, on March 10, 1831, to support his war in Algeria.
The Foreign Legion was involved in the defense of Dien Bien Phu and lost a large number of their men in the battle.
detachment of the Foreign Legion (DLEM) in Mayotte;
www.onpedia.com /encyclopedia/french-foreign-legion   (923 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The French Foreign Legion (French: Légion étrangère) is a unique elite unit within the French Army established in 1831.
The French Foreign Legion is known to be an elite military unit whose training focuses not only on traditional military skills, but also on the building of a strong “esprit de corps” amongst members.
The French Foreign Legion was created by Louis Philippe, then King of the French, on March 10, 1831.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/French_Foreign_Legion   (3884 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion still a force to be reckoned with
Orientation at the Foreign Legion proving ground near the South American jungle village of Regina takes place in a mosquito-infested swamp where a 9-foot-long boa constrictor is coiling and preparing to strike.
The Foreign Legion was founded by King Louis-Philippe as a way to dispose of destitute immigrants and to fight far-off colonial wars without racking up French casualties.
Over the years, the French Foreign Legion attracted a few good men, but it was widely viewed as "the receptacle of the rabble of the world's races," according to Antoine Sylvere, who enlisted in 1905 and wrote about his experiences.
www.chron.com /content/chronicle/page1/98/08/02/legion.html   (4116 words)

  
 France. French Foreign Legion & Air Force uniforms WW2
The Foreign Legion was heavily involved in World War 2, playing a large role in the Middle East and the North African campaign.
The "flaming grenade" on his kepi is used as an infantry symbol by both the French Army and the French Foreign Legion.
The French Ace of Aces of WWII was Captain Pierre Clostermann of the Free French Air Forces who shot down 38 German planes and attacked hundreds of ground targets in Spitfire, Typhoon and Tempest aircraft which put him just ahead of our Captain who had 35 confirmed "aircraft-kills".
www.diggerhistory.info /pages-uniforms/french-fl.htm   (957 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion
Today's Foreign Legion is a modern, elite fighting force of expatriated bad-asses, sent to politically-charged hot spots around the globe.
Last Fall, the Foreign Legion made international headlines when Legionnaires in speedboats and helicopter gunships engaged the troops of a renegade French mercenary general who had staged a coup in the French-supported Comoros Islands.
Petre Lejeane, the Foreign Legion's liaison to the French Government, notes: "The Legion's importance throughout history has been fabled, but its relevance, both within in France and in international politics, is actually increasing.
www.stim.com /Stim-x/9.6/legion/legion-09.6.html   (1134 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion retirement Chateau in Provence
‘Foreigners who have become the sons of France, not by the blood they have inherited but by the blood they gave’, the official literature will inform you.
Not to mention the tantalising carrot of French nationality dangling deliciously if they can survive five years of service in what is now acknowledged to be one of the toughest fighting forces in the world.
And from where, under the orders of the appropriate political and financial masters of the day, it proceeded to enforce French foreign policy, much as we Brits did in what is now referred to in the history books as gunboat diplomacy.
www.jeremyjosephs.com /legion.htm   (1848 words)

  
 CNN.com - Modern force with illustrious past - August 23, 2001
In both fact and fiction, the Foreign Legion is a place for men to go when they want to leave everything behind -- be it a failed romance, an act of shame, a personal or family crisis or just to escape a dull life.
Formed in 1831 by King Louis-Philippe I, the Foreign Legion is a military unit of approximately 8,500 men serving as a branch of the regular Armed Forces of France.
The Legion has been deployed in many hostile locations, most recently in Chad and Bosnia, but was first used to effect during the French conquest of Algeria in the 1830s.
edition.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/europe/08/23/macedonia.legion   (573 words)

  
 In search of recruits, French Foreign Legion goes online - Europe - International Herald Tribune
According to legion officials, this is due not to cultural antagonisms, but rather because American and British applicants have trouble passing endurance tests that emphasize lower body strength and running.
The legion's legend - spread by various movie versions of "Beau Geste" and the testosterone-driven memoirs of former legionnaires - is that the force will harbor candidates who have already jettisoned the past.
The reality, however, is that the legion is careful with its gift of new identities, first demanding passports and vetting recruits with the law enforcement authorities like Interpol to weed out men with criminal convictions for violent assaults or sexual abuse.
www.iht.com /articles/2006/10/31/news/legion.php   (1020 words)

  
 Fielding's DangerFinder - The French Foreign Legion
The best example of the Legion's mindset is the single most revered object in their possession-the wooden hand of Captain Jean Danjou on display in the museum in Aubagne.
The Legion is one of the few action outfits (like the former Selous Scouts of Rhodesia or Oman's mostly British army) which offers the professional adventurer a steady diet of hardship broken up by short bursts of excitement and danger.
Since the Legion attracts loners and misfits, and because many of them spend their time in godforsaken outposts, it is not hard to understand that the Legion becomes more than a job.
www.comebackalive.com /df/military/frforleg.htm   (1337 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion Paratroops - by MARTIN WINDROW
The decision, in Spring 1948, to form two battalions of Foreign Legion paratroopers was prompted by the requirement for enlarged airborne forces in Indochina, and the healthy recruitment then employed by the Legion.
The Legion were known to be magnificent heavy infantry, but were felt by some to lack the flexibility and agility demanded by independent airborne operations.
In the Legion itself there were some misgivings over the possible clash between the self-consciously exclusive para mentality, and the Legions own very marked 233sprit de corps.
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 Chapter 1 -
The French Foreign Legion is a military formation of approximately 8500 men serving as a branch of the regular Armed Forces of France.
Yann Peron, the announcement that women would be allowed to join was due to a "miscommunication." Changes that will allow women to serve in almost every function in the French Army would not apply to the Legion, although female officers may be able to transfer from military schools.
You don't need to be able to speak French when you enlist but it is a good idea to learn as much as you can beforehand.
www.foreignlegionlife.com /chapter1.htm   (535 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion and French Guiana
Perhaps the Foreign Legion was heavy with White Russians prior to that.
French Guyana might be by now a complete little empire of a ghoul faction with some serious mortal firepower to back it up.
But because the French Generals did not really trust the Germans they did not fight their fellow Germans in the trenches of Northern France, but were sent to Northern Africa and Indochine instead.
www.fortunecity.com /tattooine/leiber/50/dgffl.htm   (10694 words)

  
 LEGION ETRANGERE les livres sur la légion étrangère
The French Foreign Legion attracts the people's curiosity, ignites the common run's imagination.
Because "those who joined the french foreign legion seem to return from so far, they can easily find an audience for their most fantastic stories".
Would The French Foreign Legion be the miror of an age, of a society or the appropriate answer of the smartest spirit to the questions which arise for the human being ?
www.livres-legion-etrangere.com /french-foreign-legion/index.htm   (168 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion La Legion Etrangere French Foreign Legion
Memoir of an Englishman in the French Foreign Legion during the Syrian campaign of the late 1920s relates the brutal story of life in the Legion and war in the deserts of Syria.
Legion autobiography of the Danish prince who joined the French Foreign Legion in 1922 and served as a junior officer throughout the Morocco campaign.
French text but hundreds of self-explanatory color photos of this efficient unit in airborne, canine, firearms training and active ops against terrorists and hijackers.
www.warbooks.com /france.html   (1860 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion
French morale improved when, on the fourth day, the 1e BEP destroyed two companies of
Viet Minh on the highway between the airport and the French position named Isabelle.
though the French won the skirmish, they lost 151 dead and 72 wounded in that action alone.
members.tripod.com /~vet4/foreignlegion.html   (1186 words)

  
 Amazon.com: French Foreign Legion 1914-45 (Men-at-Arms): Books: Martin Windrow,Mike Chappell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In 1914 the Legion Etrangere consisted of the six-battalion ler and 2e Regiments Etrangers, with headquarters respectively at Sidi bel Abbes and Saida, Algeria.
Originally raised in the nineteenth century for pacifying the inhabitants of then Algeria, the so-called "romance" of the Foreign Legion has long fascinated the general reader around the world.The reality was much different.
The Foreign Legion didn't just hang out in Africa, they traveled all over Europe and Asia as well, and this book is fantastic, as are all of the Osprey Men-at-Arms titles.
www.amazon.com /French-Foreign-Legion-1914-45-Men-at-Arms/dp/1855327619   (1454 words)

  
 UNHCR - Hungary/France: Penalty or prohibition imposed by Hungary on its citizens who join the French Foreign Legion; ...
However, a former member of the FFL uses the phrase "cafard en tête" to describe desertion and reports that "in general, [the FFL does not] mind if you are successful in deserting" (dlawrence.net 24 Feb. 2002).
The Research Directorate was unable to find sources indicating the degree of effort expended by the FFL in pursuing suspected deserters and whether agreements with third countries exist to deport captured deserters to France.
According to this website, "this is not the official site of the French foreign legion, and is in no way connected to the legion itself" (n.d.b).
www.unhcr.org /home/RSDCOI/3f7d4e421f.html   (675 words)

  
 Embassy of France in the US - The French Foreign Legion
To enlist in the French Foreign Legion, all volunteers must present themselves in any recruiting office in France.
Travel costs and the eventual obtention of a visa are borne by the candidate and no help whatsoever can be accorded by the French Foreign Legion.
For four months the young legionnaire will receive a basic military instruction at the 4th Foreign Regiment located in Castelnaudary after which, he will be posted to a regiment, depending on his capabilities and the needs of the French Foreign Legion.
www.ambafrance-us.org /atoz/legion/enlist.asp   (267 words)

  
 Amazon.com: French Foreign Legion Paratroops (Elite): Books: Martin Windrow,Kevin Lyles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the Legion itself there were some misgivings over the possible clash between the self-consciously exclusive 'para mentality', and the Legion's own very marked ésprit de corps.
The garrisons of French Indochina (today Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) spent much of the Second World War in enforced idleness, supervised by Japanese forces whose presence had been sanctioned by the Vichy government in October 1940.
It explains the different tasks of the 2REP wich are the paratroopers of the french foreign legion.
www.amazon.com /French-Foreign-Legion-Paratroops-Elite/dp/0850456290   (1060 words)

  
 La Societe Historique de la Legion Etrangere/French Foreign Legion Historical Society Main Page
We are non-profit, tax-exempt organization, whose function is to portray the history of the Foreign Legion from 1939 to 1954.
Contrary to popular belief, fostered by Hollywood and authors either unfamiliar with or harboring a grudge against the Legion, it is not a haven for criminals and cutthroats.
It is important that we understand as much as we can about the Legion, the men who serve(d) in it, and its history and traditions from the first-hand experience of veterans like you.
home.flash.net /~pkendall/SHLE.htm   (440 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: The Naked Soldier: My Life in the French Foreign Legion: Books: Tony Sloane   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Legion of the Lost: The True Experience of an American in the French Foreign Legion by Jaime Salazar
Here, as in no book yet written about the French Foreign Legion, the realities of day to day Legion life are explained - from the tedium in which grudges can fester to the adrenaline of the battlefield.
This is a fantastic story, Tony starts off life homeless and down on his luck and turns it around, has the courage to stick out one of the toughest and strictest military regimes on the planet, despite being the youngest serving member of his unit.
www.amazon.co.uk /gp/product/190413260X?tag=technically0b-21&link_code=sp1&camp=2025&dev-t=0T1Q3KQYBRP8TS6YAFR2   (1123 words)

  
 French Foreign Legion - Military Photos
They DO accept French, but they HAVE to have their name and nationality changed, usually to another frenchspeaking country...
So, no, a french citizen would not be able to falsify his citizenship.
Ivandebono i don't where you get that information but you are 100% wrong.French joining legion without problem they just must agree with recruting officer who saying somthing like this:from now on you are canadian or belg.About half of legoin members are french.
www.militaryphotos.net /forums/showthread.php?t=1020   (341 words)

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