Category Archives: Art & Illustration

Some Benigni

I found these color uniform prints recently at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.  The artist is Pierre Benigni whose work on the Foreign Legion usually appears as black and white illustrations.  Many of his drawings appeared on the covers … Continue reading

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Foreign Legion Recruitment Posters

Here are some images depicting about 21 Foreign Legion posters.  Not all of them are official recruitment posters but most of the known ones used by the Legion are included.  I found out that each poster had a print run … Continue reading

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French Saharan Adventures (Le Petit Journal 6)

Here are some more color covers; this time from Le Petit Journal illustré which was the weekly illustrated supplement to the daily newspaper Le Petit Journal.  These depict various scenes from the French colonial experience in the Sahara.  Some of these, … Continue reading

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French Colonial Adventures (La Petit Parisian 3)

Here are some more pictures from the journal La Petit Parisian that depict various scenes from the French colonial outposts in Africa and Indochina.  Most of these are from 1889 to 1912 and were found on Galica.  I played around … Continue reading

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Vendetta in the Desert

I was not sure if this story should be posted under fiction or fact.  It is a bit far fetched and was written by the imaginative Geoffrey Bocca (who also wrote a nonfiction work on the Foreign Legion titled La … Continue reading

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Some Satire

— La France sera fière de vous, caporal…votre nom? — Chè nè gombrends bas. — France will be proud of you, corporal … your name? — I do not understand (with thick accent). The French have a long tradition of satire.  … 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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