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 pictures of the mounted figures are from a series of 32 watercolors completed by Leroux in 1913.  Most of the other paintings of dismounted soldiers were completed just before WWII in 1939.  Leroux was born 10 November 1890, in Versailles and died 1959.  He was a pupil of Fernand Cormon and Pierre Laurens at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and he exhibited his work in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français.  (Note: Leroux was the artist that painted the three Foreign Legion figures in my previous posts.)

Here are the lower resolution images of the mounted figures.

Here are the lower resolution images for the figures on foot.

These Mefiafire links will download zipped files of the two groups of high-resolution images.  These are 216 MB and 149 MB. (I updated these links September 8th and was able to lower the file sizes significantly).

Pierre Albert Leroux Cavalry

Pierre Albert Leroux Soldiers

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Hodgepodge for August 2015

In addition to the uniform prints that I’ve been all fired up about (and will post many more shortly) I did stumble on other items relating to the Foreign Legion this month.

Legion Etranger 19441.   French Foreign Legion in WWII.   Here (and below) is an interesting video on the weapons, uniforms, and equipment used by the French Foreign Legion in WWII.  There is a good article here HistoryNet that discusses the role and actions of the French Foreign Legion in WWII.  Not only was the Legion defending part of the Maginot Line when the Germans invaded France but there were detachments still holding down the forts in North Africa and a significant number who participated in the Norway campaign with the 13th Demi-Brigade.  Fighting later shifted to Africa and the middle east where the Vichy French Foreign Legion detachments fought against the Free French Foreign Legion in Syria.  NOTE:  I already posted about this article last year in June but thought this video would supplement it well.

2.  A Sociology of the Total Organization: Atomistic Unit in the French Foreign Legion.  Here is an “academic” work that addresses the social and ethnographic organization of the Foreign Legion.  The synopsis, in the mumbo-jumbo of egghead speak reads….”this book takes its theoretical point of departure in the notion of the voluntary total organization; that is to say, an institution that constitutes a geographically delimited place of residence and work in which inmates are voluntarily separated from the outside world, leading an enclosed, formally administered life. Informed by a modified version of Goffman’s original concept of the total institution, A Sociology of the Total Organization untangles the Foreign Legion and the ways in which different kinds of social orders interplay there.” The author, Mikaela Sundberg, is an Associate professor of Sociology and a senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University. She is also the author of the best selling blockbuster Parameterizations as Boundary Objects on the Climate Arena.  More info can be found here where you can also order your copy for a mere $107.96.  The first chapter is available as well.


Digging around the web for Miss Sundberg I stumbled on this thread comparing the 2nd REP to the British Para Regiment.  Says Condottiere “If she did fieldwork, bet she was offered a lot of individual attention in her research.”

3.  The Goon Show: Under Two Floorboards – A Story of the Foreign Legion.  To lighten things up a bit here is a hilarious Goon Show skit from 25 January 1955 that utterly mangles the story of Beau Geste.  The Goon Show was a British radio show that was blessed with a cast consisting of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine among others and lasted from 1951 to 1960.  Script can be found here or you can download your own mp3 here.


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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.

  1.  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 – 1860) and Ary Scheffer (1795 – 1858).  LeGras made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1847 and exhibited up to 1882.  He was Ary Scheffer’s assistant for some twenty years.  He worked mainly on portraits and copies of Old Masters” and apparently military uniform studies.  The majority of these paintings were part of a large collection entitled Etudes de Types Militaires that was published in 1875.  There are a total of 114 of Legras’ uniform prints on the Brown server–I’ve only downloaded the French ones.  To see all of them go to this page.

The images, as downloaded, were somewhat dark and lacking the vibrant colors found in the French uniforms of the day.  A quick fix in GIMP (adjusting the brightness a small bit and kicking up the contrast) was all that was needed to light up these beautiful pictures.  Again, these images are very large, so I broke them down into four separate Mediafire downloads.  I put twelve .jpeg’s into each zip file but that apparently didn’t do much to compress the overall size.

Here are the Mediafire links….(each is over 300MB so be patient).

Auguste Legras Folder 1

Auguste Legras Folder 2

Auguste Legras Folder 3

Auguste Legras Folder 4

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Hi-Res Uniform Prints

1. Regt. EtrangerHere 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 now is that Brown University Library seems to have a new gallery engine that offers downloads of very large image files in JP2 format (or maybe I just overlooked this).  I figured out how to download these files and convert them into normal .jpeg format (I used a plug-in for IrfanView).  These large image files are perfect for creating nice quality framed prints that are perfect for the man cave or library or study.  You just have to bring the image to a local printing shop that has a large format printer and no problems with printing public domain material for home use.  Today I’m just posting a couple of sample pictures of the dozens that I’ve downloaded.  The rest are pictures of other French military units such as Zouaves, Tirailleurs, and the various cavalry found in North Africa. The size of each picture, about 27MB each, is a bit problematic for posting on a “wordpress” blog so I’m going to make additional posts with Mediafire links to zip files containing the rest of the images.  Hopefully these will be easier to download vs. individual images.  Here is an example of a Mediafire link for these three images and four others. Let me know if there are any problems…..  Legion Hi-Res

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Legion Pulp: Ten Years with the Legion of Hell

_CoverGI deserter, flesh-peddler, black marketeer–at 41, a man without a country.

Here is a tale of the Foreign Legion from the sultry pages of the February 1958 issue of Stag men’s magazine It was written by Richard F. Gallagher (who I believe is the author of Women Without Morals, an Avon paperback book featuring five of his other sleazy short stories) and reprinted with the permission of Lion Books.  The illustrations were by the renowned magazine artist Charles Copeland.  The story is about Alfred Becker (an alias), an American G.I. who gets mixed up in the black market in the final days of WWII and deserts his unit to avoid arrest and digs himself deeper into the French underground world of back alleys and pimping.  Eventually the law catches up to him and he joins the Legion to make good his escape.  The Legion gives him a rough welcome but Becker fits in well. Pretty soon he is consumed in the fighting and is promoted to Sergeant.  This gives him more power and freedoms which he uses in playing off both sides during the FLN insurgency in Algeria.

I was a bit concerned about this story when, in the first paragraph, the author describes two of Becker’s companions as former German Wehrmacht paratroopers.  Of course everyone knows paratroops belonged to the Luftwaffe.  The photographs used in the article were from a news pool with at least one from a Foreign Legion movie.  I also think I read the leading action, a Bedouin ambush on Becker’s jeep, in some other book.  Alas, besides some other nit-picking items the story is still very good and I think it accurately depicts the Legion and the situation in Algeria in the late 1950’s.  I’m not sure there ever was a real Alfred Becker or if the story was based on any real memoir of the Foreign Legion (as I can’t seem to find any Lion paperback/book on the Foreign Legion).  Perhaps it was one of the author’s short stories that Lion couldn’t fit in any of their other books and sold it to Stag.

Ten Years with the Legion of Hell

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Hodgepodge for July 2015

A little late on this post but here are some of the Foreign Legion related items I’ve come across in July.

Part-PAR-Par8201617-1-1-01. Dark Mystique of French Foreign Legion.  A short AFP article on the Foreign Legion recently appeared on Yahoo News. It was also accompanied by some decent photos.  The article is short and lacks some substance but like most online news these days I find the comments far more entertaining.  There are are some 400 plus comments to this article including some with first hand assessments of working with the Legion as well as a couple made by those serving in the Legion.

2. Tougher Than The Rest.  If you have the time you should go to YouTube and check out this video.  It is broken into three parts but there is also a 2 hour long version as well. (NOTE: The first video has a stalled frame that lasts for a couple of minutes but it picks up again.)

3.  Arab / Desert Forts.  I found several new miniature Arab style desert forts last month.  Over at the Empires at War blog there is a very nice how-to article of an Arab style desert fort.  It seems to be a laser cut MDF kit but I’m not sure what company made it.  The final result is very nice.  There is another similar kit by Lasercraft Art available here. The Guild forums have this post of a Gendarmerie Fort in The Dhofar.  This is a smaller scale fort for Flames of War scenarios and miniatures.  Also check out the pictures of other structures at this photobucket page.  And lastly there are a couple of posts for creating an a hill fort (Afghanistan perhaps).  This structure was made from cork board and the final result looks great with a nice paint job and landscaping.

4. Pulp Miniatures.  I noticed that Pulp Figures (manufacturers of very unique miniatures for pulp war gaming) have some Foreign Legion figures under the headliner “Far Flung French”.  There are five figures comprising “Major LeDuc’s Enfants Terrible” and two to-be-released legionnaire infantry.  All appear to be in the greenish interwar uniform.  Note:  They also have Canadian Mountie figures

Admin Note:  I’m back home.  My mother-in-law is doing much better and we hope her rehabilitation is short and she gets back to her usual self.  Strokes are nasty and seeing their damage first hand definitely makes one consider healthier lifestyles. 

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Away From Keyboard

I have been AFK for the last couple weeks due to the sudden hospitalization of a close family member.  “Take care of family first!”, I always say.  I hope to get some reading done at the clinic and I’ll return to this blog as soon as possible. 

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Legion Pulp: When the Dead Arise

When the Dead AriseHere is a Foreign Legion tale by J. D. Newsom that first appeared  in the 10 January 1930 issue of Short Stories and again in the January 1951 issue (when the dying magazine was relying on reprints)Newsom was a prolific writer of various pulp fiction genres but had an affinity for writing sometimes outrageous adventures set in the French Foreign Legion.  More so than Georges Surdez and Robert Carse, the other two major Foreign Legion fictioneers, Newsom’s tales would often depict fictional last stands of Legion detachments where there are only a handful of survivors left to be rescued by a relief column.  When the Dead Arise sticks to this formula.  (Thanks to SAS/JVH for the scan from the 1951 issue).

When the Dead Arise

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Hodgepodge for June 2015

End of the month again… just July and August left of summer and soon it will be fall again (for about 20 days) followed by our six months of winter.  Anyways, I’m enjoying what wonderful weather I have and trying to get caught up on my million projects.  Here are some of the Foreign Legion miscellany for June.

1.  Beau Geste Diorama.  Oliver, a long time friend of this blog, sent me some pictures of his display depicting dramatic scenes from Beau Geste.  “This is a diorama consisting of 150 figures. The model depicts the famous opening scene from BEAU GESTE. Men are defending the walls of Fort Zinderneuf (dead and alive) against hordes of Arabs besieging it. The desert is ordinary sea-sand. Bark from trees serves as rocks. The little bit of glass in the oasis makes a convincing pool of water. Approaching in the distance is the relief column led by Major De Beaujolais. Adjudant Lejaune can be seen on the wall standing over Beau Geste’s body, about to rob him of the “Blue Water” sapphire. John Geste is about to kill him. Unfortunately my camera has its short-comings.”

I feel like I’m looking at this drama in the desert from a slow flying Potez 25 on reconnaissance.

2.  The Foreign Legion Wine Bar, Minneapolis, MN.  I blogged about this establishment last year but I’ve not visited yet.  Check out the logo used behind the bar and on their website.  I’ve already advised them last year on their decor, now I have a strong desire to send the manager an email advising him to update his menu with a hearty Legion soupe that is served with dark bread for lunch and dinner in a metal bowl of some sort.  They should also add Kronenbourg beer and several Algerian and Moroccan wines to the drink list.  On Camerone Day they should serve free coffee but then have the waiter take it away before they drink it and give them a printed recitation of the Battle of Camerone to read before they get their java back.  Just some of many things I would do if I ran a wine bar called The Foreign Legion.


3.  Legion Photo-Essay.  French photographer Edouard Elias has won this year’s Rémi Ochlik Award for his work, called “The Foreigners”, covering the French Foreign Legion during their deployment to the Central African Republic.  The award is named after a photographer killed in Syria and is given to young photojournalists. You can see the photographs here (as well as his other work) and an interview here.


4.  New Recruitment Video.   If you have the courage, the will, a camaraderie developed, if you are VERY VERY disciplined and athletic, if you have the taste of risk; Finally, if you want to serve in an Elite Corps with elegance, honor and fidelity, so do not hesitate. Since 1831 when it was founded the Foreign Legion was covered with glory on all battlefields, why? Because the people who compose it are “chosen men” for reliable values and proven virtues. If you feel able to be part of this “Family” will open an exceptional life. change of life!

5.  Foreign Legion Figures.  There is an interesting figure posted at Joy and Forgetfulness blog.  I don’t think I ever saw this one before.  Over on Benno’s there are some pictures of both Airfix and ESCI 1:72 plastic Legion figures.  Incredible brush work.  54mm Armies in Plastic figures here.  Over at TMP there are some pictures of WWII Legion.

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