PHOTOS: 1re CSPL Platoon Leader badge in the Saharan Desert in 1958

This time I would like to share with you a very rare picture showing a sergeant serving as a platoon leader with the 1st Legion Saharan Motorized Company (1re CSPL) in the Sahara of Eastern Algeria, in the late 1950s. The unit was stationed at Fort Flatters at the time, an old French military post located close to the border with Libya. What’s rare in that picture is the insignia/badge worn by this NCO, above the company one.

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PHOTOS: 3rd “Camerone” Company, 4e REI

Summer holidays are over and thus it’s time to share again some historical pictures of the French Foreign Legion. This time, those related to the pre-WWII 3rd Company, 4th Foreign Infantry Regiment (4e REI). A direct heir to the famous 3rd Company, 1st Battalion, Foreign Regiment that participated in the legendary 1863 Battle of Camerone.

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PHOTOS: 2nd Motorized Company GPLEM in Taroudant, Morocco, in 1954

Here is a small set of photos taken in Morocco, North Africa, in 1954. They are showing legionnaires of the 2nd Motorized Company (2e CP) of the Foreign Legion Moroccan Motorized Group (GPLEM) in Taroudant. The photos were provided to our website by Krzysztof Schramm, historian of the A.A.A.L.E. de Pologne veteran association and the author of I regret nothing.

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PHOTOS: Algerian War 1954-1962

Sixty years ago – on March 19, 1962 – the Algerian War ended. One of the decolonization movements that affected the Western empires after World War II, the Algerian War took place between 1954 and 1962 in Algeria, the then French department situated in North Africa. The war was fought between the French armed forces and the National Liberation Army (ALN), the armed wing of the National Liberation Front (FLN). The French Foreign Legion, firmly established in Algeria since 1831, took an important part in the conflict, as the main core of the French intervention forces. Officially, the Legion lost 65 officers, 278 NCOs, and 1,633 legionnaires in action. See over 30 iconic pictures to commemorate the war and those who fought in it on the Legion side.

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