The pulp story for August is another tale written by J. D. Newsom and appeared in the 21 April 1934 issue of Argosy. This story takes place mainly in Indochina and features a disgruntled legionnaire named Murray who has spent more of his three years of service to France in the disciplinary company than in a Legion infantry unit. He is assigned to a small company posting led by a maverick lieutenant who is determined to make a fighting legionnaire out Murray. Conspiring against both are the bandits, the humid rot and cesspool of corruption of the French colonial administration and an old “friend” of Murray’s from his prison days.
I believe the cover illustration was meant to go with this story although you could mistake the uniforms for those of some other army. I do enjoy these rare stories about the Legion that are set in Indochina. There was continuous low level conflict in French Indochina ever since the French forces landed in 1893 and until they left in 1954. It would make for a great action movie–a small garrison of the Legion pulling duty in the thick of the jungle and rice paddies besieged by bandits, tigers, the heat, disease and the population.