Two marksmen of the 2e Régiment Etranger de Parachutistes, the only airborne regiment of the French Foreign Legion. The soldier in the foreground is using a PMG Hecate II antimateriel 12,7mm rifle while his colleague is using a MAS FR F2 in 7,62x51mm NATO.
The French Foreign Legion marches slower than other French units at 88
steps-per-minute instead of 116 steps-per-minute. Although it is unclear why this
tradition started, there is a popular belief that it started due to the need to
preserve energy and fluids during long marches under the hot Algerian sun.
The Most Badass Man in History — Lt. General Adrian Carton de Wiart
Born/Died: May 5th, 1880 - June 5th 1963
Military Service: British Army, 1899–1923, 1939–1947
Awards: Victoria Cross, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Bath, Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, Distinguished Service Order, Legion of Honour (France), Vituti Militari (Poland), Cross of Valor (Poland), Croix de Guerre (Belgium), Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium).
Wars/Conflicts: 2nd Boer War, Anglo Somali War, World War I (Western Front), Polish Soviet War, World War II (Europe and Pacific).
Wounded: 11 times, including face, groin, head, stomach, lungs, ankle, leg, hip, and ear.
Body Parts Lost: Left eye, left hand, part of left ear.
Plane Crashes Survived: 2
Prison Escapes: 7
Favorite Pastime: Hunting wild boars with a spear.
Friends With: Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Carl Gustav Mannerheim, Prince Karol Mikołaj Radziwiłł, Marshal Pilsudski, Pope Pius XI, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Chiang Kai Shek, and Clement Attlee.
Married to: Countess Friederike Maria Karoline Henriette Rosa Sabina Franziska Fugger von Babenhausen, Ruth Myrtle Muriel Joan McKechnie
Notable Quotes: “Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.”
Notable Instances of Badassery
- Shot in the groin and stomach during the Boer Wars, recovered and returned to combat.
-While fighting against Mohammed “The Mad Mullah” bin Abdullah in Somalia he was shot in the face twice, losing an eye. Continued fighting.
-World War I — Took command of three infantry battalions and a brigade when his superiors were killed. Led from the front at all times.
-Bit off his own mangled fingers when a surgeon refused to amputate them.
-Shot through the skull and ankle at the Battle of the Somme, through the hip at the Battle of Passchendaele, through the leg at Cambrai, and through the ear at Arras.
-Thoughts on World War I: “Frankly, I enjoyed the war.”
-Supplied weapons to the Polish during the Polish Soviet War.
-Fought in a gunfight against a band of angry Cossacks.
-Seconded in a duel with Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, later commander-in-chief of Finnish armies in World War II and President of Finland.
-World War II — House in Poland was bombed (with him in it) when the Germans invaded in 1939. Escaped in a car to Romania as the German Air Force attempted to strafe and bomb him.
-Led British Ski Commandos in Norway.
-Survived airplane crash in the Mediterranean. Swam 1 mile in freezing water to shore. Was captured by the enemy.
-The enemy considered him too “disabled” to live in a POW camp. He was offered the chance to return home if he resigned from the British Army. He refused and instead escaped from a POW camp after digging a tunnel for 7 months.
-In the last years of the war and after he served as a British ambassador in China. Enjoyed watching Allied and Japanese fighters dogfighting from the bridge of the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
-Interrupted a propaganda speech by Mao Tse Tung to tell him he was a lunatic.
-In his old age he fell and injured his back. During the resulting back surgery doctors removed “an incredible amount of shrapnel”.
🇫🇷 Carolands was designed by the greatest architect of his time, Frenchmen Ernest-Paul Sanson, who was educated at the prestigious L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and awarded the highest honor in France, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1911. Amongst his many important architectural commissions, was the above Château de Menetou-Salon for the Prince and Princess Auguste d'Arenberg, located in the town of the same name. Sanson was hired in 1884 to renovate the existing castle from the Middle Ages and to expand upon new additions for the modern and comfortable living for the noble family. The family have occupied the Château since the 1400’s through today when they opened it for guided tours of the Château, Stables and Winery.
A Rare Gold-Decorated 90-Bore Variant Beaumont-Adams Five-Shot Double-Action Percussion Revolver And Hunting Knife Belonging To General Sir Arthur Cunynghame
The First Retailed By Wilkinson & Son, 27 Pall Mall, London, No. 461, Circa 1855, The Second By Underwood, 56 Haymarket, London, Circa 1870The first with octagonal sighted barrel engraved ’M. Gen.l, Cunynghame C.B.’ along the right flat and signed in full along the top-strap, cylinder and foliate scroll engraved frame, the latter engraved with the serial number on one side, arbor-pin catch, blued safety-strap, trigger-guard, butt-cap with hinged ovoidal butt-trap cover, Brazier patent rammer engraved ‘Joseph Brazier’s Patent No. 750’, gilt trigger, and chequered figured rounded butt, the metal surfaces overall finely decorated in Indian gold koftgari flower-heads and foliage, the cylinder with symmetrical scrolling foliage, and in fine condition, London proof marks; the second with bright fullered blade double-edged at the point and stamped with maker’s details on one side, hilt with white-metal mounts including guard engraved 'Sir A. Cunynghame from his son H.C.’, and natural staghorn grip, in original leather scabbard. 13 cm barrel and 20.3 cm blade.
The Russian units performed well in French service, but news of the revolution of February 1917 provoked unrest. A number of officers went home after hearing of the abdication of the Tsar. Meanwhile the rank-and-file grew discontented and worried about their families back home. The French tried to censor any news from Russia, which only increased the Russian troopers’ irritation.
In May 1917, after participating in the bloody Nivelle Offensive, Russian troops in France mutinied. In imitation of their comrades on the Eastern Front they elected soldiers councils and gravitated towards more revolutionary politics, waving red banners with slogans in Russian and French. The French command tried to isolate their mutiny by removing the Russian brigades to a plateau behind the lines called La Courtine in south central France.
But being behind the lines did not stop their mutiny, just like the British at Étaples. The Russian camp disintegrated into indiscipline. Desperate to prevent the Germans from using the mutiny as a propaganda coup, the French decided to be rid of the troublesome legions. On September 14 French officers combed the Russian brigades for loyal elements, and then used them - as well as artillery - to storm the Russian camp. French authorities disarmed the Russian troops and crushed the rebellion. Most of the Russians were imprisoned before being deported back to Russia after the war, although a number of loyalist troops were attached to a Moroccan infantry unit as the Russian Legion of Honor.
It’s the dark romance of the French Foreign Legion: haunted men from everywhere, fighting anywhere, dying for causes not their own. Legionnaires need war, certainly, and Afghanistan is winding down. But there’s always the hopeless battle against rogue gold miners in French Guiana …
@Neoprusiano Napoleón I de Francia concediendo la Legión de Honor a un dragón por la captura de una bandera del regimiento imperial. Napoleon I of France awarding the Legion d'Honneur to a dragoon for the capture of an Imperial regimental flag.