Author Archives: Jack Wagner

About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.

Legion Pulp: Missing—Believed Dead

This month’s pup tale comes from Short Stories and appeared in the 25 March 1933 issue.  The author, Leighton H. Blood, penned several Foreign Legion stories in his latter career as a writer.  Blood was an U.S. Army infantry and … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: The King’s Pipe

A little known campaign of the Foreign Legion occurred in 1892 when a mixed 800 man Battalion was sent to fight in the west African country of Dahomey ( present-day Benin).  King Behanzin was leading his forces against the French … Continue reading

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Foreign Legion Coloring Pages

I’m sure everyone has seen those adult coloring books at your department store checkout lanes or book kiosks.  I’m not talking about “adult” type of books with boobs but those coloring books designed for adults (or older children) to work … Continue reading

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Camerone 2022!

Today is the 159th anniversary of the famous Battle of Camarón (Bataille de Camerone) that took place this day in Mexico.  It’s the most revered and celebrated commemoration in the Foreign Legion.  For the first time in two years since … Continue reading

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200 Foreign Legion Fiction Books

Here’s another long term project finally come to completion.  It consists of two very large sized pictures that serve as a graphic bibliography depicting the covers of 200 fiction books featuring the French Foreign Legion in some capacity. The first … Continue reading

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Grit Gregson: Dandy Diamond Captured!

Since this week is the run-up to Camerone Day (30 April) I’m going to try to post as much as my schedule can allow.  This will mean an obligatory Grit Gregson story from the pages of the UK comic “Lion”.  … Continue reading

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Légion Étrangère Souvenir – 4th B.F.C. 1RE Tong-Tonkin

Here is a wonderful find discovered a couple months ago, although it has been out there for a while.  The item is a digital copy of a photo album produced for the 1931 Colonial Exposition-Paris.  It portrays legionnaires from the … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Wineskin

The mid-month pulp story for April is another great tale written by Georges Surdez.  It appeared in the 15 December, 1930, issue of Adventure.  The story here, like many others, speaks to the power of wine, for good or bad, … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: The Last Outpost

This story appeared in the March 1931 issue of  “Far East Adventure Stories“.  This pulp title published at least three Foreign Legion tales during it’s short run of twelve issues.  In addition to this story there was “The Affair at … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Thirst

Thirst is another Curialo & Withers yarn from J. D. Newsom.  It appeared in the 10 Feb 1929 issue of Short Stories.  For those unfamiliar with the duo, Legionnaire 2nd Class Curialo is the sometimes level headed American shirker while … Continue reading

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