42 years ago: 1976 Loyada Rescue Mission

February 4, 1976. This date marks the Loyada Rescue Mission, a mission to rescue 31 French children kidnapped by local rebels in then French Somaliland, today’s Djibouti (Horn of Africa). French Foreign Legion units successfully participated in.

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Foreign Legion: Bold Alligator 2017

Legionnaires from three Foreign Legion regiments are participating in Bold Alligator, a joint multinational warfare exercise organized by the United States. About 14 foreign nations’ forces joined the exercise in North Carolina this year. The exercise starts today, October 18.

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Foreign Legion T-Shirts: 13e DBLE Insignia

Formed in February 1940 and then once again in July of the same year, the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) remains the only demi-brigade within the current French Army. During WWII in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, the unit gained various awards and decorations. The 13e DBLE continued in fighting for France and in receiving decorations in Indochina and Algeria between 1946-62.

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