Happy Camerone Day! I’ve posted several items of interest related to Camerone Day.
1. I’ve read that Georges Surdez, the prolific writer of Foreign Legion pulp fiction, was an honorary member of the Legion. From the article below it is clear that he had some well placed connections and the respect of the Foreign Legion commander to be the only outsider to be invited to the Camerone Day celebration in 1929. His first hand experiences and contacts with actual legionnaires are probably why his stories sound so authentic. It’s also a nice story on how the Legion celebrated Camerone Day while COL Rollet was still the commander. It was mainly COL Rollet who introduced this as a formal celebration as well as other traditions and unique customs of the Legion.
2. A website with very detailed information on the actual location of El Camarón in Veracruz, Mexico. It also shows how the French officials and Legionnaires come to this small town for a parade and events to mark this day. There are actually four pages you want to visit–look for the links on the bottom of the main page (second to last text box) under French in Veracruz.
3. Also I took a sweep of my downloaded pictures from the vast internetz and collected what I could of Foreign Legion uniforms from the Mexican campaign. Its a mix of uniform prints, painted miniatures and what looks like some scans of Osprey books. For your soldier modeling purposes…