10th March 1831: When a Legion was created

187 years ago, on March 10, 1831, a royal ordinance of Louis Philippe I, King of the French was issued. It ordered the establishment of a Foreign Legion. The current French Foreign Legion has officially derived its origin from this Legion established in 1831. Nevertheless, the lineage of the current Legion is far more complex.

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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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110th anniversary: Foreign Legion’s company overtook by a severe snowstorm

March or Die… In Algeria on February 1, 1908, a blinding snowstorm overtook a company of the Foreign Legion during the march to a remote military post on the Algeria-Morocco border. Lost in a semi-desert land, tens of legionnaires died, many other suffered frostbite and had to be amputated. Though unknown these days, this disaster has remained one of the most tragic events for the Legion. And we want to remember these brave men.

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CERA: A little-known airborne unit of the Legion serving in Indochina

Learn about one of the little-known units of the French Foreign Legion serving in then Indochina during the First Indochina War (1946-54). In January 1951, a short-living airborne unit being composed of legionnaires in the majority carried was established. It carried out airdropping missions to resupply isolated troops during operations against the Viet Minh. See the most comprehensive data regarding the CERA company you can find on the internet.

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