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Title: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 24 September 2009, 10:06:26
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 25 September 2009, 10:14:09
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 26 September 2009, 09:25:53


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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 26 September 2009, 09:31:44
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 28 September 2009, 11:02:02
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 28 September 2009, 11:08:01
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 28 September 2009, 11:17:09
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: Rattler on 28 September 2009, 16:21:34
So one may assume that as Brit that was your regiment?

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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 1 October 2009, 09:08:35
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: stoffel on 1 October 2009, 13:15:32
I have a colleague with the reserves who spent some years in the legion.
I shall try to find out who it is and get him to this forum ;)


Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: Rattler on 11 October 2009, 15:39:14
Sean, when you are back, ran into this vid by chance about retired Legionaries, care to comment from the veteran side? The video treats the retirement issues of Legion veterans, mainly from the SEA disaster (it claims 35k KIA?), and the problems that the survivors face when retired.

Lost Legion - France (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjxsFH7qngQ#noexternalembed-normal)

TIA

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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 16 October 2009, 11:10:57
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: Mad Russian on 17 October 2009, 04:59:34
What I've never really understood about the Legion is why France needed to hire mercenaries. Are French soldiers not good enough to protect French interests around the world? No other major nation that I know of uses mercenaries except France.

Interesting.

Good Hunting.

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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 17 October 2009, 11:00:06
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: Mad Russian on 17 October 2009, 15:29:51
Yes, I'm aware that many countries have "foreigners" in their ranks.

But I'm not talking past history. I'm talking since WWII is over. Current history.

We both know that's not what I'm talking about and that the French Foreign Legion doesn't fall into that category.

Good Hunting.

MR


Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: Rattler on 17 October 2009, 15:41:31
I agree, foreing troops were always (and are still) integrated into national forces of many nations.

Example Spain: 35% of our regular troops are Equadorians or Columbians, in the Paras this goes even higher.

I have a problem to understad this policy, because some of my Columbian friends that serve here, when asked - and despite having a Spanish passport and having sworn to the crown and flag - would always defend Columbia against Spain in a conflict and decisively feel "Colubian" and *not* Spanish. I can understand and share their feelings (I am and feel German after all myself), but I cannot see them fighting for Spain as a Spaniard should the shit hit the fan.

Mercenaries in the strict sense (civilians paid for fighting) are today employed in Iraq and Afghanistan by all nations in a number totalling 80% of regular troops.

Rattler
Briain has used foreigners...... Gurkhas they are from Nepal so in a way they are "Mercenaries" also foreigners fought for Israel and also during the Rhodesian bush war in the 70's.Many foreigners fought against Franco in the Spanish Cival war, also "mercenaries" were used in the American War of Independance, it is not a new thing.Also I do not considder myself a mercenary I was a Scotsman fighting for France and not for profit.
The French have very good soldiers fighting in the regular army.The Legion Etrangere has been going since 1831.



Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 18 October 2009, 11:07:45
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 20 October 2009, 11:52:47
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Title: Re: La Legion Etrangere
Post by: SeanG on 20 October 2009, 15:28:30
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