It’s amazing how quickly the days are passing as this cruel and amazing year draws to an end. The Christmas Season has suddenly exploded; all over the stores, the TV, radio and internet. My small town’s streets and shop windows are well decorated and the neighbor’s houses are aglow with thousands of twinkling lights and inflatable Santa Clauses. Daylight has become scarce (despite the charade of Daylight Savings Time) and yet we still have leftovers from Thanksgiving in the fridge, not a single present has been bought and not a flake of snow has lasted more than a minute. …and I’m a day late on this post. Here are some of the random things related to the Foreign Legion that I found last month.
1. The Legion was my Homeland. This article appeared as one of several articles on the Foreign Legion found on Special-Ops.org. It was written by Sean Burton and originally appeared in the Australian military magazine Contact (Issue 1, March 2004). It relates a brief description of service in the Legion as experienced by an Australian named Shane. Here is a .pdf.
2. French Involvement in Vietnam & Dien Bien Phu. I saw this recently on YouTube. This is a 26 minute documentary narrated by Walter Cronkite that neatly summarizes what is called the First Indochina War from December 1946 to August 1954. There are several scenes that show the Foreign Legion in action.
3. Another Inspirational Video Clip. I really can’t keep up with the number of cool Foreign Legion videos that appear on YouTube. I don’t think I posted this one yet–it’s really well done.
4. Flickr Photographs. Here are some recent pictures that came up on Flickr. The first ones are additions to this album posted by Hans-Michael Tappen. The Son Tay monument appeared in a photostream by manhhai who has also shared hundreds of other vintage pictures of Vietnam.
5. Facebook. This is a useless app. I really hate it. Nonetheless, I’m increasingly getting pulled into this madness because so many of my family and friends are active there. In fact, this blog, Monlegionnaire has a Facebook doppelganger. For now it simply mirrors what I post here on the wordpress blog. I did notice that there are many Foreign Legion related Facebook pages out there that need to be recognized. So here are some of my favorites…. (more on this topic later as there seems to be a Facebook page for every Foreign Legion unit down to the company level as well as every recent Legionnaire who served or are still serving.)