Hodgepodge for May 2015

Sorry for being AWOL for a couple weeks…spring cleaning, home repairs and yard work (and my day job) kind of eat away my free time.  Anyway, here are some odds and ends related to the Foreign Legion.

1.  Motivational Videos.  There are several Foreign Legion videos posted to YouTube billed as “motivational”.  The creators merged some epic music with video clips of the modern Foreign Legion and in some cases added some inspiring dialog.  Just what you need to get you going in the morning.

2.  More (Exotic Adventures) from Unfeasibly Miniatures.  More miniatures in the Exotic Adventures line-up… to include some Beau Geste characters and a Foreign Legion 80mm cannon and Meharistes.  They also have a full array of Taureg warriors to go up against the French and their Bou Denib blockhouse is to be released in June.  Except for the newer items all are available from Black Hat Miniatures.  To see their whole production effort you should visit their Facebook page.

3.  New Foreign Legion Fiction.  …written by a former member of the Foreign Legion no less.  Ricky Balona, who served with the 2REP in the 1990’s has two books out on Amazon that feature the Foreign Legion as a backdrop.  Sergeant Steele is a character similar to Casca Rufio Longinus–Barry Sadler’s paperback series known also known as “The Eternal Mercenary”.  Steele is immortal and fights in the Foreign Legion against traditional enemies as well as a darker, secret organization known as “the Brotherhood”.   I’m almost halfway with Steele’s Dien Bien Phu and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it so far.

Steele's Verdun DBP Steele's Verdun










4. Alex Rowe.  Alex Rowe is a highly decorated and long serving (28+ yrs) Legionnaire who just happens to hail from the UK.  In 2010 there were several news articles about him and the fact that he had became one of the highest ranking British Legionnaires (Sergeant Major), one of the most decorated members of the Foreign Legion and the first British legionnaire to be invested into the Légion d’honneur, which is France’s highest gallantry medal, for action in Afghanistan when he came under fire during an operation with American Special Forces.  I believe he is still serving as a sniper instructor in the Legion with the 2REI. Definitely a legend according to what I’ve been reading on the web.  Just thought I’d share his name and some pictures below…


About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.
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1 Response to Hodgepodge for May 2015

  1. ricky44nz says:

    Hi Jack.
    I can’t thank you enough for the great write up you have given my books. I am posting it to my site on Facebook, that way I hope I can attract more readers to your amazing work.
    Once again I hope you enjoy the books and thank you so much.
    Ricky Balona.


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