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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

"The world contains more misfits, sadists, masochists, and people who enjoy fighting than we sometimes like to suppose. How else can one explain the fact that the French Foreign Legion is heavily overrecruited? In an age when most of the world's armies strive to make military service a less bestial and more enlightened experience than it used to be, the Legion still drives its trainees to scrub floors manically, fold kit and uniforms with obsessive precision, and march, march, march.

Nothing much about its culture has changed since the German recruit Erwin Rosen, quoted by Adrian Gilbert in Voices of the Foreign Legion, wrote in the early 1900s:

It is always being drummed into the legionnaire that he is intended for nothing else in this world except for marching. If the pangs of hunger are gnawing at his stomach or thirst parches his tongue, that is so much the worse for him, but it is no reason for his not marching on! He may be tired, dead tired, completely exhausted—but he must not stop marching. If his feet are bleeding and the soles burn like fire, that is very sad—but the marching pace must not be slackened. The sun may burn till his senses are all awhirl, he must go on…."
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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2018 3:07 p.m. PST

"loyal only to its own" is better than I can say about quite a number of institutions.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2018 2:51 p.m. PST



Sir Walter Rlyeh30 Jul 2018 9:12 a.m. PST

Counties that succeed in making their armies less bestial and more enlightened are destined for the dung heap of history. Armies kill people and blow up things or they are useless. Civilizations with useless armies are always swept away by barbarians.

Old Peculiar30 Jul 2018 4:08 p.m. PST

Good God, there is some right nonsense spouted on here!

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