By Martin Windrow
This quantity covers the vintage 'Beau Geste' interval, of the French overseas Legion whilst the corps used to be improved through the such a lot dynamic years of French imperial enlargement. Legion battalions fought within the deserts and mountains of southern Algeria and Morocco, in addition to within the jungles of North Vietnam, West Africa and Madagascar. Their diversified uniforms and equipments for every interval and theater are illustrated and tested. Written by means of a number one professional at the French international Legion, it is a colourful creation to the interval whilst the Legion solid their mythical struggling with acceptance.
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The 1895 Madagascar campaign was the first for which the 8mm M1886/93 Lebel repeating rifle, with smokeless ammunition, was general issue to a Legion battalion, although the memoir of the British légionnaire George Manington makes clear that his unit in Tonkin had begun receiving them as early as spring 1892. This soldier has two of the new M1888 ammo pouches; the third, rear pouch took some time to be distributed, and the M1877 also continued in use for many years. 1900. Note on his chest the campaign medal for Dahomey.
The white M1886 helmet carried here has the un-numbered enlisted ranks’ version of the Naval Artillery grenade badge. In June 1901 the renamed Colonial (ex-Naval) Troops were finally ordered a khaki-drill tropical service uniform of their own, whose issue was gradually extended to relevant Legion units over the next eight years. The six-button jacket had a standing collar, shoulder straps, a belt support tab on the left side and two open patch pockets on the skirts; insignia were all removable.
In the southern wilderness evacuation from the battlefield still depended on cacolet mule-chairs, mule-litters and camel-litters. H 1 : S e r g e n t P a n th e r, I / 1 s t R E ; N e k h i l a , M o ro c c o , A p r i l 1 9 1 3 This NCO’s heroism was publicized during the advance westwards across the Moulouya river plains, when Arab horsemen of the Beni Bou Yahi tribe attacked an advanced camp at Nekhila; after the death of the company commander, Sgt Panther was badly wounded while saving the life of his wounded Lt Grosjean.
French Foreign Legion 1872-1914 (Men-at-Arms) by Martin Windrow