Category Archives: Armée d’Afrique

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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Photo Album of Fremdenlegionär Leutener

This amazing collection of vintage photographs recently appeared on Flickr in an album format posted by Hans-Michael Tappen of Munich.  It is a remarkable set of 382 original photographs affixed to several pages of a photo album that belonged to … Continue reading

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Hi-Res Uniform Prints Part 4

Here is an additional set of uniform prints from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection.  These were all painted by French artist and illustrator Maurice Toussaint (September 1882 – December 1974).  Toussaint gained a solid reputation for his expertise in military … Continue reading

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Hi-Res Uniform Prints Part 3

These images again come from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection.  These consists of watercolor works (aquarelles) from the brush of Pierre Albert Leroux.  His works on this site cover French soldiers from the Napoleonic era up until WWII.  The … Continue reading

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Not-so High Res Uniform Prints

Here are some downsized uniform pictures for those readers who really don’t want to download the massive image files in my previous two posts.  Foreign Legion Uniform Prints…. 2.  French Uniforms from Auguste Legras…

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Hi-Res Uniform Prints Part 2

Here is the second installment of pictures from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection.  Today’s images feature the artwork of Auguste Legras (1817 – 1887) who was “born in Perigueux, France and was a pupil of Jean-Claude Bonneford (1796 – … Continue reading

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French Magazine Covers 5

Here are some more color covers that graced the front and back pages of the French Magazines Le Petit Journal, Le Petit Parisien, and Le Petit Provençal.  The theme is that they all feature good pictures of the uniforms worn by … Continue reading

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Armée d’Afrique Video

I stumbled on this video on You Tube today.  It’s a great little historical video (24 minutes) about the Armée d’Afrique with lots of good footage of Free French Forces fighting in WWII.  This video must have been made in … Continue reading

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L’Armée d’Afrique: Zouaves

In order to flesh out the North African milieu of this blog it is necessary to explore the other French forces that composed the Armée d’Afrique from the early 1800’s to World War II.  Chief among these forces were the … Continue reading

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French Fighters in Africa

The attached document was published in Harper’s Magazine in 1894.  It’s 11 pages long but provides very interesting descriptions of the main military components comprising the French Armée d’Afrique.  It mainly discusses the Algerian Tirailleurs (also known as Turcos), Chasseurs … Continue reading

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