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Memoirs of the Foreign Legion by Maurice Magnus

This book is a first hand account of an idealistic littérateur who decides to do his part for France in the Great War and joins the French Foreign Legion.  The memoir has a very lengthy forward written (after M.M.’s death) … Continue reading

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Le Cafard

I found a wonderful description for the “desert madness” or “Le Cafard”  that sometimes overcomes Legionnaires stationed in desolate outposts.  Cafard in French means cockroach, but “J’ai le cafard” means “I have the blues”.  Erwin Rosen’s account of his day’s … Continue reading

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