Camerone Day has come on pretty fast. I usually post a bunch of odds and ends throughout the week that Camerone Day occurs but since I’ve been slow and distracted I’ll try to get caught up with this post.
1. Histoire de la Legion Etrangere No. 1. This comic (in French) is part of a three part series about the history of the Foreign Legion by Editions du Triomphe. This company publishes some excellent graphic novels and comic-like books. They have several series on historical battles, military unit and leader profiles and their histories. Others in the series include Bir-Hakeim (1999-1945), Dien Bien Phu (1946-1962), and Kolwezi (1963-Present). This book has a great part about Camerone.
2. Foreign Legion Origami. These were a neat idea that showed up on the official Foreign Legion website last year. I figure those with great finger dexterity and affinity for IKEA furniture instructions might find a challenge here. The figures are Lego-Like and include a Legion engineer, an Caporal Chef and a Caporal. I presume you should print out on card stock to make a more durable figure.
3. Colonel Rollet in WWI. Last year I came across some very nice pictures of the Father of the Foreign Legion, Colonel . “Rollet accumulated 41 years of military service out of which 33 were in the Legion and also planned the 100th anniversary of the legion on Cameron day of 30 April 1931. Consequently, he was responsible for creating many of the Legion’s current traditions.” I’ve never seen these before but I have seen the famous photograph from L’Illustration (the one above) and I’m pretty sure that these were from the same awards presentation on 7 July 1917 in Lhéry, France. Found in the Albums Valois collection.