GOLE: 42nd anniversary of the deadly accident in the Horn of Africa

In late May 1976, during a military exercise in the then French Territory of the Afars and the Issas (TFAI, today’s Djibouti), a country located in the Horn of Africa, a French Army helicopter crashed. Eight men on board were killed, including six legionnaires from GOLE (Foreign Legion Task Force). At the time, the incident became the deadliest accident for the Legion since the end of the Algerian War (1962). It has still remained the second deadliest accident for the Legion since then. Nevertheless, for unknown reasons, the fatal crash has been completely forgotten in France.

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1961: A failed military revolt in Algeria

In late April 1961, a failed military revolt took place in Algeria, the then integral part of France located in North Africa. The revolt became one of the most controversial event in France’s modern history, with a strong participation of the Foreign Legion.

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57 years ago: A prestigious regiment was dissolved

57 years ago, a prestigious regiment of the French Foreign Legion was dissolved. Called as the most elite regiment of the French Army, two times annihilated in combat, the unit eventually didn’t survive a clearly political decision. Its sad end was a result of previous events in Algeria in late April 1961…

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Foreign Legion: 2018 Camerone Day

This Monday, April 30, 2018, the French Foreign Legion commemorated the 155th anniversary of the famous Battle of Camerone. This day is the most important day of the year for all current or former legionnaires of the Legion. The well-known battle is seen as a sample illustration of bravery and determination of fighting to the finish. Because of that, the event became the sacred symbol of the Foreign Legion to be commemorated annually.

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