of the French Foreign Legion
French Foreign Legion has long been the stuff of adventure and romance.
March or Die heroism of Beau Geste's comrades against the Arabs
in North Africa or being the foreign soldiers sent to do the dirtiest
and hardest work for France.
recruits leave behind their pasts - ordinary or shady - and begin
anew as legionnaires, the toughest of French soldiers.
Warriors of the French Foreign Legion the Discovery Channel takes
cameras into the modern Legion and while weapons and enemies have
changed, the outcome hasn't as one in 10 legionnaires will die during
their five-year tenure.
the Legion is still France's first resort in nasty situations and,
as the soldiers themselves say, they are sent because if they die
"it's only foreigners".
than 100 nationalities still form its ranks although once they are
accepted their only family is the Legion.
and training is brutal and from the interviews it seems that old
hands will do almost anything under orders.
of the French Foreign Legion is an excellent look at the modern
fighting force, although it doesn't go into enough early history
- such as the Crimea or North Africa - for my liking. That is, after
all, where the legend was born.