115 years ago: Foreign Legion’s company decimated by a severe snowstorm

In early February 1908, an unexpected severe snowstorm surprised a Foreign Legion company on the edge of the Sahara, during their march to a remote military post at the Algeria-Morocco border. Within hours, the unmerciful element decimated the unit. Many legionnaires died, others had to undergo amputation of their frozen extremities.

Learn more about the tragedy:
1908 Forthassa Disaster

La version française de l’article pour les lecteurs français :
La Tragédie de Forthassa de 1908


1908 Forthassa Disaster - Foreign Legion - Forthassa - Algeria - 1908