Author Archives: Jack Wagner

About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.

Legion Pulp: Lacey of the Legion

The author of this short story from Thrilling Adventures (August 1940) might ring a bell.  It’s a house pseudonym used by several authors writing pulps for Standard Magazines (whose bevy of titles included G-Men, Popular Western, Texas Rangers, Ranch Stories, … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Loot at Kwang-Kum

This Foreign Legion tale from Bob Du Soe (Robert Coleman DuSoe) appeared in the February 1934 issue of Thrilling Adventures.  I find the work of Du Soe to be really straight forward with not much effort spent on extensive character … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Warriors in Exile – Gentleman Royal

This month’s story is from Blue Book Magazine (June 1938).  It is installment #13 of 17 in the Warriors-in-Exile series of Foreign Legion stories written by the famous and prolific pulp author H. Bedford Jones.  This one takes place during … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: A Saharan Battle

I hope nobody is disappointed by this single page pulp story.  It appeared in the January 1931 issue of Blue Book Magazine which also featured a Tarzan story by Edgar Rice Burroughs so we are lucky enough that this one … Continue reading

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Legion Pulp: Taboo

Here is a short novelette from Georges Surdez that appeared in the 15 October 1930 issue of Adventure Magazine.  Like many of Surdez’s stories, he explores certain common military themes and situations but through the unique lenses, traditions and customs … Continue reading

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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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