Category Archives: Art & Illustration

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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Hi-Res Uniform Prints

Here are some really nice uniform prints I recently found at the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection.  This resource is not new to me and I may have posted some smaller versions of their illustrations in earlier posts.  The difference … Continue reading

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Hodgepodge for September 2014

Here are some interesting links for this past September–some new and some old. 1. French Foreign Legion: A Descriptive Bibliography.  This Facebook page of Mr. Savage’s is one I’ve been following for a while now but may have only briefly … Continue reading

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