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Contained in the international Legion: A Sensational tale of the World's hardest military КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Piatkus BooksАвтор(ы): J. ParkerЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 1998Количество страниц: 310ISBN: 0-7499-1856-XФормат: pdf OCRРазмер: 12,3 mbThe considered escaping from the pressures of existence leads many anguished younger males to the French overseas Legion. even if, the brutality of its education regime and the horror tales of its ruthless NCOs were instructed via the hundreds of thousands who've abandoned. This publication tells the tale of these who stayed RAPIDили IFOLDER eighty five

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He will have previously discovered also, that Legion NCOs, like elephants, have very long memories. Payment will be obtained later for any infringement of this particular code. The fact is, Camerone is more than a day of celebration and tradition, it is almosta credo to both legionnaires and ex-legionnaires. It is an absolute requirementto understand why it is thatthis day above all others is the one most celebrated by the Legion. Why should a tiny battle in Mexico on 30 April 1863, at a place that no one has ever heard of, mean so much to the Legion, especially as this was a battle that had been lost?

It was a terrible slaughter. The ground was covered with black bodies and the carnage was not yet over. Among the corpses of the Dahoman warriors were dozens of wounded. The Legion neither had the means nor the men to either treat them or keep them as prisoners and, as was customary, they were finished off where they lay. The column continued on its trek north, and battled through regular encounters with smaller groups of warriors. The legionnaires' first meeting with the Amazons came on 4 October when they joined a battle already in progress between the Dahomans and other French army units.

It was discovered by chance by a local rancher who, realizing its potential value, offered it two years later to the Legion for fifty piastres. After lengthy negotiation by letter, the money was eventually paid and the hand returned to the Legion headquarters at Sidi-bel-Abbes, to take pride of place in the Legion's Salle d'Honneur. There were many other battles which litter the Legion's record of combat during the Mexican adventure, and several with similarly bloody results. 21 INSIDE THE FOREIGN LEGION The Legion remained in Mexico until 1870, and tales of battles won were overshadowed by the weakening of its reputation, by the political debacle and the overall losses which France sustained in this disastrous war.

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