Monthly Archives: March 2011

Books on North Africa 2: The Passing of the Shereefian Empire

I somehow missed the following book in my previous post.  The link below takes you to The Passing of the Shereefian Empire by war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett.  This is another great account of the 1907 French Intervention in Morocco.  It … Continue reading

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Beau Geste Trilogy Review

For those who are interested there is a great review of the P.C. Wren Foreign Legion trilogy on the Edgar Rice Burroughs fan site called  The first link below takes you to the introduction.  The other links (which are … Continue reading

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Books on North Africa 1: Two Books on the French Intervention in Morocco

In the course of my relentless pursuit of all things relating to the Foreign Legion I have spent many hours digging around on Google Books and the Internet Archive websites.  I’ve found several wonderfully written travelogues on Morocco (in full … Continue reading

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“Legion of Strangers”

The link below is for a small article about an Englishman–Gunner Stevenson of the Royal Regiment of Artillery–who decided one day (after a bar fight against three Scotsmen and two years of boring barracks life in a British tropical garrison) … Continue reading

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Foreign Legion Pulp Fiction Magazine Covers

I spent most of today, the last day of my one week vacation, pulling this together.  In the .pdf document below I’ve gathered together over 140 color magazine covers that feature the Foreign Legion.  I give full credit to the … Continue reading

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Berber Style House Reference Pictures

In researching Moroccan style buildings, houses, and architecture in general, I collected several dozen pictures (borrowed from the internet of course) of the unique buildings and small villages found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria.  Rustic would be … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: The Whip

I haven’t posted any pulp fiction in a while so I thought I would slip this in early today.  This story is an example of why I think the French Foreign Legion is a fertile ground for a variety of … Continue reading

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Berber Style House

Once again what started out as an experiment resulted in something not-half-bad.  Pictures below kind of describe how I built a simple Berber house.  These are the kind you see stacked on top of each other in small villages nestled … Continue reading

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The Sheltering Sky: Desert Fort

I came across the movie, The Sheltering Sky, by accident while digging around the internet and searching for “movies filmed in North Africa”.  It stars Debra Winger and John Malkovich, its a chick-flick but a well-made chick-flick (which means I … Continue reading

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Fort El-Moungar, Algeria

One of the epic battles of the French Foreign Legion at the turn of the century was the Battle of El-Moungar which took place along the ill-defined southern border of Morocco and Algeria on 02 September, 1903 (See slide 1).  … Continue reading

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