Merry Christmas / Joyeux Noël

Merry Christmas to all and may you have a Happy New Year!

Joyeux Noël

I’m sorry for having nothing to post today but holiday well wishes….I’ve just transitioned from a week-long sinus based cold to some horrible form of extraterrestrial / bio-warfare type of stomach flu last night.  My energy cells are depleted but I will get back to posting again next week.

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Legion Pulp: Sons of the Sword

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This story is from Georges Surdez again.  An early story of his that appeared in the September 1st, 1928 issue of Adventure.  It does not center on the Foreign Legion but instead on another of France’s indigenous colonial forces known as the Mokhazenis.  This name is derived from the name of the various governing bodies that ruled in Morocco over several centuries known as the makhzen.  This armed force served the king of Morocco and eventually came under the organization and control of France.  They were irregular light cavalry for the most part.

Sons of the Sword

I had to take the easy way out again on this month’s pulp story.  Although I have this issue of Adventure on my scan pile it was recently scanned by someone else.  So hats off and merci beaucoup to the original scanner.

 

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Hodgepodge for November 2015

I could have sworn there were 31 days in November.  Oh well, here are some random internet finds related to the Foreign Legion.

1. Thibaut Corday of the French Foreign Legion Action Figure.  Joe Customs is a website devoted to the plastic action figure.  It seems to cover collecting, customizing and scratch building action figures of all genres.  On their forum pages there is a thread featuring a Thibaut Corday figure.  Corday is a fictional character created by H. Beford-Jones that appeared exclusively for Argosy.  He is the crusty Legion veteran who spins tall tales of his far flung adventures.  Altus Press has the entire 21 story collection.

Corday2.  Travel Documents Required for Joining the French Foreign Legion.  Here is an interesting checklist for those traveling to France to join the Legion.  It popped up online as part of a South African travel company called Capago.

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3.  Humor.  We all need a laugh every so often so check out these oddities.

An Imgur gallery praising the Foreign Legion as the antidote to ISIS

A Havoc Journal article addressed to all the Special Ops wannabes with some tips on joining the Foreign Legion

An Alex Jones interview with Dr. Steve Pieczenik who seems to have everything in the Middle East all figured out.

4. The Musical Legion.  One would be surprised to know how musically oriented the Legion is.  Ever since their founding in the early 1800’s they Foreign Legion has had a band of some sort as well as being notorious for their marching songs which are essential for new Legionnaires to learn completely and to be able to sing as loudly and perfectly as possible.  The Foreign Legion band has been rated one of the best military bands in the world and performs in many shows and competitions.  When the Foreign Legion was still stationed in North Africa their Corps and Regimental bands provided weekly shows for locals at Sidi Bel Abbes and Saida, Algeria.  Here are a just a couple of videos of the modern Legion band in action.

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Legion News Clippings 3

FourLegionnairesIt’s time to post some more interesting news articles about the Foreign Legion.  Most of these came from the New York Times.  I enjoy these short, strange stories of missing men, would-be and actual former Legionnaires (such as artist Thure de Thulstrup).  Also of note is the article about two other artists, Martin and George Baer and their travels in Morocco, Algeria and the fringes of the Saharan desert.  You can read them individually below or download the .pdf file.

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Legion Pulp: Foreign Legion Adventures

Foreign Legion Adventures 2Here is a real treat today,…(I think we need it), the entire second issue of Foreign Legion Adventures.  This was a very short run pulp that consisted of only two issues by Munsey.  The first issue was published in August 1940 and this issue was published in October of 1940.  Both are increasingly rare and if you see either of these issues in very good condition it would fetch well over $100.00.  Issues with missing covers still go for over $20-30.00.  So thanks to Joel for the scan.  You can also download a .pdf version of the magazine below (beware—89 MB).

Foreign Legion Adventures Issue 2

The issue consists of the following stories which are mostly reprints from previous issues of Argosy.  I’ve previously posted The Renegade Caid but Soldiers of Misfortune, Murder in the Rif and The Death Watch are all new to this blog.

Page 6 · Soldiers of Misfortune by  J. D. Newsom  (appeared in Argosy Jun 1 1935)
Page 47 · The Fighting Man’s Lexicon by W. A. Windas (1 page graphic).
Page 48 · Murder in the Rif by Houston Day (appeared in Argosy Jun 2 1934)
Page 56 · An American Officer of the Legion: Capt. Edgar G. Hamilton by Stookie Allen (1 page)
Page 58 · The Death Watch [Thibaut Corday] by Theodore Roscoe (appeared in Argosy May 3 1930)
Page 82 · The Renegade Caid by F. Van Wyck Mason (appeared in Argosy Sep 6 193)

Random Comment: God bless those killed and God comfort the wounded and survivors in the latest senseless attacks in Paris.  It’s sickening what happened.  ISIS is sickening.  Their demented death-cult ideology is sickening….and I’m damn sick of hearing the latest whining from the so-called religion of peace and their apologists.

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However, most nauseating, is seeing the cultural suicide of Western Europe (and the United States) played out in slow motion and narrated with inane commentary by the usual politically correct left wing, socialist morons.   These diversity cultists are now making excuses for ISIS. They are more concerned about the hurt feelings of Muslims and climate change than they are about the slain victims.  Obama can’t even call these Muslims what they are–Islamic Terrorists, and dares to lecture us again on jumping to conclusions about the perpetrators.  How many dead will it take to convince them that Muslims don’t like Western Civilization? …or are we just supposed to live with the occasional terror attack (keep your mouths shut!) and accept that this is the price to pay for achieving their goal of a multicultural paradise?

For God’s sake Europe! …at least close the borders and deport the hordes of infiltrators that now squat within your borders and who demand housing and money, rape your women, and burn your neighborhoods.

If I offended anyone….too f***ing bad.

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Hodgepodge for October 2015

Here is a recapitulation of the odds and ends I found last month on the net related to the French Foreign Legion…

1. The Good Soldier.  This article appeared in the recent September Rolling Stone Magazine.  It is a pretty good story about Lieutenant Lawrence Franks, the West Point graduate who deserted his Army platoon to join the Foreign Legion in 2009.  Franks later turned himself in to the Army a day after he fulfilled his five year obligation to the Legion, knowing he would have to face the music.  I’m not a fan of the loony leftist Rolling Stone but every so rarely they have some decent reporting and this one was very informative.  It would have been much better if the author didn’t try so hard to scandalize the U.S. Army’s actions in dealing with Franks.  (Leftists always have to have a CAUSE don’t they?) Make your own judgements after reading this.

Personally, I think Franks should have got a lighter sentence and some medical attention/evaluations while he serves out his time in the brig.  He’s not ignorant about his condition and stated that he will never use medication which he fears might make matters far worse.  Yet, he did desert after all and will probably have to pay back the government for his schooling at West Point.  I’m also glad his service in the Legion seemed to help him overcome his personal demons and this alone is inspiring in several ways.  I really hope he writes a book about his whole experience that might be some sort of help to fellow soldiers–American, British, French or any nationality–who also might suffer with similar bouts of depression.  For another take on Franks you should check out this good piece.

1035x1211-R1245_FEA_GoodSoldier_E2. Some Videos.  Here are two videos worth watching.  The first is some 2003 action footage from the Foreign Legion operations in the Ivory Coast / Cote d’Ivoire.   The other is another motivational video.

3.  Fighting for the French Foreign Legion.  Here is a good book review of Alex Lochrie’s memoir of his time in the Legion.  Originally published in 2009, it is a great account of life in the 2REP (2nd Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment) during the 1990’s.

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4.  Follow that Camel.  It appears this wargaming thread over on Lead Adventures may have run it’s course with the concluding battle playing out on the last four pages of comments.  The whole thread provides some excellent terrain building tips and gaming ideas not to mention visually stimulating photographs.  It’s nice to see how it all comes together.

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Happy Halloween!

GGFLL_Desert MysteryHere is a Grit Gregson: Fighter in the Foreign Legion story (from the 17 April 1954 issue of Lion #113) that kind of leans to the mysterious and supernatural.  Also posted are two single pages (what I call fillers) which I found were nice additions to add to this Halloween post; one about WWI and another about Devil’s Island.

Desert Mystery

(In fact, the one story that I was hoping to post today was a well done spooky tale set in  Devil’s Island that came from either Creepy, Eerie or some other Warren comic but I cannot find it anywhere in my archive and can’t even remember the name–which would help my search.  So Legionnaire Gregson will have to fill in today.)

Happy Halloween!  It will be an overcast evening here in Wisconsin with chilly temperatures and fast moving low hanging clouds dashing in front of a late rising waning moon.  The pumpkins are carved and lit…just waiting for the trick or treating to begin.

 

 

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The Bedeviled Battalion

29Another strange tale from the blighted land of forgotten comic books.  This story was found in The Beyond, issue #012, from June of 1952.  I can’t explain why the colorist used red for the otherwise well drawn Foreign Legion uniform.  I’m sure the penciller and the inker for these panels freaked out when this issue was published.  Nonetheless, it’s an action packed seven pages that features a guest appearance by Old Scratch himself.

The Bedeviled Battalion

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The Curse of the Phantom Brigade

Phantom BrigadeSince the Halloween season is upon us again I’ve lined up some spooky stories of the Foreign Legion that were unearthed from the dusty and cobwebbed crypts of various comic book websites.   Today we have The Curse of the Phantom Brigade from issue #008 of Startling Terror Tales (February 1954).

The Curse of the Phantom Brigade

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Legion Pulp: Legion Law

Legion Law IllusHere is the pulp fiction story for the month of October–a day late.  This tale is from Action Stories pulp magazine.  This Fiction House publication ran from September 1921 to the  Fall edition of 1950 with a run of 225 issues.  It specialized initially in westerns but later featured real-world adventure stories set in exotic locations around the world, war stories, sports stories and exciting tales in various historical settings.  It frequently featured stories about the Foreign Legion that were actually written by other lesser known authors (than Georges Surdez, J. D. Newsom and Robert Carse).  The author of Legion Law was Charles Green who was actually Charles Greenberg, a frequent contributor to The Phantom Detective.  This short tale is only six pages but is packed with treacherous dealings in a desert outpost in peril from an imminent night attack by hostile forces led by Ali Ben Harim.

Legion Law

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