PHOTOS: 1er RE Adjudants around 1900

Today is exactly ten years and ten days since the first post was published on this website. This is the reason to share a slightly rarer picture in the PHOTOS series. Thus, here comes one of the rarest ones found in my archive.

The rare photography dates back to 1897 and shows an adjudant (Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army or Warrant Officer Class 2 in the British Army), which was the then highest NCO rank (it should be noted that the currently more superior NCO ranks of adjudant-chef and major didn’t exist back then). The NCO was a member of the 1st Foreign Regiment (1er RE), the Foreign Legion’s Motherhouse. The photo was taken in Sidi Bel Abbes, an Algerian town where the regiment was stationed from 1885 until 1962.

In 1897, the Legion was present in Tonkin, a freshly pacified territory in the Far East, part of French Indochina. Besides, the legionnaires served in Madagascar, also a recently pacified territory, located off the coast of East Africa. Lastly, operations were carried out by the Legion companies in South Oran, to pacify that vast, deserted territory situated south of Sidi Bel Abbes, in today’s Western Algeria, along the border with Morocco.

The rare photography is dedicated to “my two loved ones.” It is dated April 5, 1897, and signed Briez.

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PHOTOS: 3rd “Camerone” Company, 4e REI
PHOTOS: 1963 2e REP training at Bou Sfer
PHOTOS: 2nd Motorized Company GPLEM in Taroudant, Morocco, in 1954
PHOTOS: 6e REI in Tunisia around 1950