Author Archives: Jack Wagner

About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.

Legion Pulp: Hands of the Idol

January’s pulp fiction story comes from the pages of Five-Novels Monthly (July 1934) and was written by Major George Fielding Eliot.  Eliot (1894-1971) was quite an amazing man who fought in the Australian Army in WWI (to include the Gallipoli … Continue reading

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Yaquinto’s “The French Foreign Legion”

I’m starting 2017 off a bit differently–skipping the usual monthly wrap-up (Hodgepodge) for last month and finally doing a post on this long forgotten and hard-to-find war game.  Yaquinto Publications was a short lived (1979-1983) but prolific war game manufacturer … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: They March From Yesterday (Part 2)

As promised, here is the second part of this Georges Surdez story which was published in the March 15th edition of Adventure.  I promised to post this in less time than the original readers in 1930 had to wait for … Continue reading

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Joyeux Noël / Fröhliche Weihnachten etc.

Merry Christmas to all Monlegionnaire followers, regular readers and random visitors and may your 2017 be prosperous, interesting, and peaceful. Above is one of my favorite pictures from Le Petit Journal that appeared in the 28 December 1913 issue. In … Continue reading

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Harrison Forman’s Pictures of the First Indochina War

The University of Milwaukee Libraries Digital Collections page has posted over 300 photos taken by Harrison Forman during a 1950 visit to French Indochina.  Forman (1904-1978) was an American explorer, aviator, photographer, journalist and author.  The collection at UWM comprises … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: They March From Yesterday (Part 1)

Here is this month’s pulp story–another great tale from Georges Surdez.  Well, actually only half a story; the first of a two-part serial which appeared in the March, 1930 edition of Adventure.  I have the second part of this story … Continue reading

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Hodgepodge for November 2016

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 … Continue reading

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French Saharan Adventures (Le Petit Journal 6)

Here are some more color covers; this time from Le Petit Journal illustré which was the weekly illustrated supplement to the daily newspaper Le Petit Journal.  These depict various scenes from the French colonial experience in the Sahara.  Some of these, … Continue reading

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French Colonial Adventures (La Petit Parisian 3)

Here are some more pictures from the journal La Petit Parisian that depict various scenes from the French colonial outposts in Africa and Indochina.  Most of these are from 1889 to 1912 and were found on Galica.  I played around … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Clay in Khaki

Here is another Foreign Legion pulp story written by the master of the genre, Georges Surdez.  This tale appeared in The Big Magazine which is one of the more rarer pulp titles out there considering there was only one issue … Continue reading

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