Author Archives: Jack Wagner

About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.

New Photo Album: Foreign Legion in Indochina 1949-1952

It took a little time but I finally scanned over 50 original photographs of the Foreign Legion that I purchased on eBay.  They are from a collection of pictures that belonged to a Legion Sergeant Major Simone Jacques (LM 25913) … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Efficiency Expert

Technically this is not a story from what would be considered a “pulp” magazine but it was written by the master Foreign Legion pulp fictioneer Georges Surdez.  It appeared in Elks Magazine (of all places), in their September 1939 issue.  … Continue reading

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My Visit to the Foreign Legion by COL P. T. Etherton

Here is an article that appeared in the 20 June 1931 issue of the UK’s Pictorial Weekly (formerly The Penny Pictorial Magazine).  It was written by Colonel P. T. Etherton which was a nom-de-plume for the well known travel writer … Continue reading

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Hodgepodge for February 2017

Here are some interesting tidbits related to the French Foreign Legion that I collected last month… 1. Quora Discussion Thread on the Foreign Legion.  There are several interesting discussions about the Legion on Quora.  Topics such as “How do I … Continue reading

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Beau Geste by Fast Fiction

Here is a very condensed, graphic version of P. C. Wren’s classic Beau Geste.  This was produced by Seaboard Publishers of New York as part of their series called “Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated”.  This issue was Number 5 in … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: The Dead Shall Arise

No, this is not a zombie story but a nice short tale of a Foreign Legion officer who was long ago written off as killed in action but miraculously returns to the land of the living and to the care … Continue reading

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The Old Foreign Legion 1831-1835 and its Uniforms

Tradition, the fantastic French language magazine that showcases historical military uniforms, equipment and militaria (armes-uniformes-figurines) had a three part series back in 1997 that explored the founding of the French Foreign Legion and goes into detail about their uniforms and … Continue reading

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Hodgepodge for January 2017

January was a pretty slow month as far as news, press releases and interesting items related to the Foreign Legion.  Here is what I have been able to cobble together…. 1. Foreign Legion Forts on eBay.  I admit to shamelessly … Continue reading

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More Harrison Forman Indochina Pictures

Here is an additional batch of pictures taken by journalist Harrison Forman during his trip to Indochina in 1950.  These photographs were found on the University of Milwaukee Libraries Digital Collections page but were labeled differently than those posted here … Continue reading

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History of War: The French Foreign Legion

Just a quick post today and an editorial note below. This article was featured in the UK military history magazine History of War (#27, 2016).  It provides a short history of the Foreign Legion from it’s founding to modern times.  … Continue reading

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