FRANCE: Legion of Death

"Bon appetit, messieurs!" a brash young lieutenant of France wished his superiors at an officers' mess in Indo-China last week, "And may you all die with the last mouthful so that I may get a promotion."

It was a grim joke to be making in a land where death waits in every jungle thicket, but to the officers and men of France's famed Foreign Legion, death must be joked about. For more than a century since its founding by King Louis Philippe in 1831, the men of the Foreign Legion, the Kepis Blancs,...

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