Filming the French Foreign Legion

This unique article is written by newsreel film maker Charles Peden and appears in his book Newsreel Man.  Published in 1932, it describes several of Mr. Peden’s many adventures as a film maker.  In this chapter Mr. Peden and his assistant head from Spain to Spanish Morocco and on to Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria to film the men of the 1st Regiment of the Legion.  This article captures the surly reputation of the Foreign Legionnaires very well and in it’s ten pages does a good job of capturing the hard soldiering and crack discipline of this Corps.  I found this book at the following link (Hathi Trust) .  Unfortunately the pictures did not scan along with the captions.  (This book is still available on Amazon in paperback and I believe it contains the illustrations.)  I wonder whatever happened to the newsreel taken by Mr. Peden at Caserne Vienot in Sidi Bel Abbes.  He was there to film the dedication of the famous monument (Monument aux Morts) erected in celebration of the 100year centennial of the Foreign Legion in 1931.  He and his cameraman also filmed the Legion in multiple settings including a march from Sidi Bel Abbes to Gerryville complete with an attack on the column by local tribesmen.  Those would sure be something to find.

Filming the French Foreign Legion

About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.
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