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1831 – The French Foreign Legion is established to support the war in Algeria

10 March

The French Foreign Legion was created by Louis Philippe, the King of the French, on this day in 1831 from the foreign regiments of the Kingdom of France. Recruits included soldiers from the recently disbanded Swiss and German foreign regiments of the Bourbon monarchy. The Royal Ordinance for the establishment of the new regiment specified that the foreigners recruited could only serve outside France. The French expeditionary force that had occupied Algiers in 1830 was in need of reinforcements and the Legion was accordingly transferred by sea in detachments from Toulon to Algeria. Continue reading “1831 – The French Foreign Legion is established to support the war in Algeria”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – West Africa

9 September 1940 – On this day

A force of three cruisers (Gloire, Georges Leygues, and Montcalm – all modern light cruisers and sister ships) and three destroyers had left Toulon in southern France for Dakar on this day. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – West Africa”

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