Mon legionnaire the classic french foreign legion in wargaming histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog, literature, pictures and history

This short story comes from adventure and was found in histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog the may 1st issue of 1933. The author, pierre mille, was a fairly well known french writer and journalist, born 1864 in choisy-le-roi, died january 12, 1941 in paris. “his name remains attached to the pierre mille award for histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog best report, awarded by the syndicate of the french press of overseas histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog and intended to reward a journalist of the written or histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog audiovisual french-speaking press.” mille is also the author of several books and many histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog stories featuring his fictional hero of the french colonial wars– barnavaux of the colonial infantry ( troupes coloniales, later known as the troupes de marine). Much in the same way that legionnaire thibaut corday retold histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog stories of his strange adventures for pulp writer theodore roscoe, barnavaux is used to communicate mille’s take on french colonial misadventures in foreign lands. He had many short stories published in argosy, adventure and other pulps but was mainly featured in the histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog new york tribune and magazines of the very early 1900’s such as the smart set, century, and ainslees. I’m not sure if mille wrote directly for these publications histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog or simply had a smart agent who was able to histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog peddle translations of his stories to eager markets in new histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog york where were always looking for stories of french origin histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog to add sophistication to their fiction line-ups.

Ceremonies are held to commemorate this event wherever there are histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog foreign legionnaires while the official event is held every year histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog in the quartier vienot, aubagne, france. Here is the official w eb page on this year’s camerone day and the official press booklet can be histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog found here. The theme of this year’s celebration is esprit de sacrifice / spirit of sacrifice. ( we speak of the spirit of sacrifice when someone is histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog ready to devote himself to a being or a cause. The word spirit, from the latin spiritus meaning sentiment, is used here in the sense of a feeling that histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog directs the action of a person or a community.)

The official porteur de la main (the designated veteran who carries the wooden hand of captain histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog danjou) is colonel loïc corbel. As a young lieutenant, corbel joined the foreign legion at sidi bel-abbès in august of 1952. Then he leaves for tonkin, where he is assigned to the 1st BN of the histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog 2nd regiment (2REI) and what followed was an amazing record of valor in histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog both indochina and algeria and a long military career association histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog with the foreign legion. Colonel corbel will be accompanied by major william istre, chief warrant officer viktor brabec, warrant officer sébastien raynard and brigadier-in-chief nassufou abdallah. All have eloquent service records. An interesting note from the article above: “according to an unwritten rule, captain danjou’s hand-carrier and his escorts must have left active service.”

This story comes from the july 1952 issue of adventure histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog magazine. The author, george C. Appell was very prolific in the pulps from about 1944 histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog to 1957 (which was pretty well past the heyday of the pulps). He wrote in many genres but mostly westerns. Soul of the legion is surprisingly on the bloody side histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog and the descriptions of various legionnaires and bedouins getting slain histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog or grievously wounded are pretty grim. The story is about a column of camel mounted legionnaires histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog attempting to make a forced retreat to fort flatters after histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog rescuing several civilians from hostile bedouin tribesmen. Harried by relentless attacks and skirmishes the column also has histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog to contend with incompetent leadership and secret vendettas among the histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog officers. This situation rambles on for several pages without much plot histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog development but lots of action and the conclusion seems to histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog be a bit sudden. Also, although the fighting takes place in the sahara, one of the hottest places on earth, the desert never presents an obstacle. Overall appell provides really good story telling but not a histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog great story.

To close out 2018 here is an article from the histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog british “true-life” adventure publication the wide world magazine. I only have the seven pages of the article so histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog I’m not sure what date this issue was but my histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog best guess is sometime from 1953-1955. The author joined the foreign legion in february 1952 and histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog the decided to “leave” that september while in en-route to indochina. So jones did not spend much time in the legion–perhaps 7 months, yet he provides a richly detailed account of that time histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog as well as his escape. He relates yet another grim story of abuse and the histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog blind bureaucratic ineptness of the legion at this time; poor equipment and uniforms, filthy quarters, lack of proper hygiene, inadequate food, arbitrary rules and distant, “hand-it-all-off-to-the (german) ncos” type of leadership of the french officers. Speaking german and spanish and with an adventurous spirit, jones had a promising future in the legion as an histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog NCO but after witnessing the brutal way that recaptured deserters histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog were treated he vowed to desert himself. He decided to make his break during his journey to histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog indochina hoping the transport ship would berth at a friendly histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog port. As luck would have it there was a UK frigate histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog also at columbo, sri lanka and jones made good on his decision not histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog to make the foreign legion his new career.

Jones’ short account of his short time in the foreign legion histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog is very similar to that related by other former members histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog particularly those from the UK, the U.S., canada, and other commonwealth countries. These who had prior military experience in their own services histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog noted repeatedly how poorly the legion recruits are treated and histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog how inept their logistics and basic services are. But, it appears to me that what they are describing is histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog a system that is not unique to the foreign legion histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog but is the same pattern of blind, corrupt, and often malicious indifference that the entrenched french government bureaucracy histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog shows to it’s own citizens, colonial subjects and military men. To understand the ineptness of the foreign legion one has histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog to understand how extensive the french civil service is–with millions of government clerks and administrators ( fonctionnaires) enforcing thousands of petty rules and regulations. These employees have long since stopped caring about the populace histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog they supposedly serve and view their jobs as an inconvenient histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog way obtain a government paycheck and pension. Even today, 1 in 5 workers in france is a government employee histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog and helping them keep their useless sinecures are a multitude histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog of militant labor unions. (for us americans it would be like the DMV had histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog taken over every level of our government). It is no wonder that in the old legion the histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog ineptness of french civil service would have spilled over into histiocytoma or mast cell tumor dog the military (especially at the logistics and depot levels).

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