This blog is about the classic French Foreign Legion that existed prior to World War Two. It was created about three years ago as a place to share some of what I was learning about the Foreign Legion as I had begun the process in writing a Role Playing Game (RPG) featuring the Foreign Legion called Mon Legionnaire. I thought a blog would be a good idea to record my progress and share some of the things I created and found out about the Foreign Legion. However, I soon discovered the joys of what Mortimer Adler described as “syntopical reading”. This type of reading-analysis is where you read several books on the same subject in order to start comparing and contrasting the various relevant works. I’ve since expanded my scope from simply reading many books on a subject to assimilating movies, comics, hobby games, miniatures (and just about everything else under the sun). This blog has now become a place for me to share things I’ve discovered about the Foreign Legion and to post some of my creative efforts stuff for others to see. It’s also become a great way to meet like minded people and add their discoveries and creation to the collective accumulation of posts.
Some hobby enthusiasts specialize in certain historical periods such as WWII, Napoleon, Ancients, or naval warfare. My hobbies and interests used to cover just about every conceivable military topic there was and I was quickly running out of shelf space in the garage and book shelves. I had tank models, board games, movies, magazines and books on just about every period of war there was. I realized I had to narrow my interests down to a few subjects and so I decided to stick to the Foreign Legion when I created this blog. This for me, although on the surface is very narrow in scope has become a lifetime hobby and neatly intertwines many of my other pastimes: blogging (writing), history, painting mini’s, building terrain for the mini’s, reading and researching, learning French, drawing and painting, digital photography and graphics, war gaming/RPG gaming, desktop publishing, and of course the French Foreign Legion.
I’m a retired U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst and former military contractor with too little time on my hands for all the hobbies I have. I hope you like this blog and please take some time to provide feedback or comments.