Author Archives: Jack Wagner

About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.

Legion Pulp: The Baturu Mandarin

Here is another Georges Surdez short story–only this one is set in the northern Tonkin jungles of French Indochina.  It was featured in the February 1934 issue of Adventure Magazine.  The plot revolves around young Lieutenant Larcher, a well-to-do scion, … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Suicide Patrol

Here is another fine story from Georges Surdez.  This one appeared in the August 1934 issue of Adventure and featured this glorious cover by John Newton Howitt.  At 34 pages it is pretty long and features plenty of action against … Continue reading

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Monlegionnaire – 10 Year Anniversary!

My first post on this blog was made 10 years ago on 11 May 2010.  Since then I’ve made 535 total posts–roughly 4.4 posts a month or one post a week.  There have been 752 comments from readers and myself … Continue reading

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Happy Camerone Day!

Happy Day to the Foreign Legionnaires. Bonne fête! Given the subdued way in which this great day is to be celebrated you might be interested in how it was done last year.  For your browsing pleasure here is the press … Continue reading

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Camerone Day -1

Well another year has passed and tomorrow, 30 April, Legionnaires past and present will celebrate the famous Bataille de Camerone which took place 157 years ago in Veracruz, Mexico.  It’s hard to imagine how this commemoration will be celebrated given … Continue reading

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Integration, Collective Identity, and Assimilation in the French Foreign Legion

Integration, Collective Identity, and Assimilation in the French Foreign Legion by Chef de Bataillion Thomas Philippe Riou Légion Étrangère, Armée de Terre I came across this article a couple of months ago while browsing the U.S. Marine Corps University site.  … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: The Ghost in the Bastion

  This Wu-Flu edition of Foreign Legion pulp comes to us by Adventure Magazine from 15 July 1930.  J. D. Newsom again crafts an enjoyable tale that takes place in French Tonkin (the northern portion of then French Indochina where … Continue reading

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Single Panel Comics

Over the years of running this blog I’ve acquired an assortment of single panel comics related to the Foreign Legion.  Now that I’ve scanned the hard copies here is the collection beginning with one of my favorites with probably one … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: By Way of Gratitude

The pulp fiction story for March comes from Adventure Magazine (15 March 1933) and was written again by Georges Surdez.  So it is roughly 87 years and a day old.  The story features plenty of action and a troublesome interpersonal … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Blades of the Legion

This story by P. C. Wren, appeared in the October 1933 issue of Blue Book.  It is much like many of his other garrison tales you would find in one of his several short story collections.  The names are surely … Continue reading

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