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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse24 Oct 2018 12:59 p.m. PST

"La Légion noire (The Black Legion) was a military unit of the French Revolutionary Army. It took part in what was the unsuccessful last invasion of Britain in February 1797…"
See here


Wonder to know if any fellow member has this unit painted….


von Winterfeldt24 Oct 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

I have, you must check some of my posts – there you can see some.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse24 Oct 2018 1:09 p.m. PST

Many thanks… I would…. have you wargame with them?


Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2018 1:51 p.m. PST

The Black Legion did not participate in the 'last invasion of Britain' in 1797.

The Black Legion was organized by General Humbert in 1796 as the 1st Legion des Francs and was also known as the Legion de Humbert. It consisted of three infantry battalions, a squadron of hussars and an artillery company. They made an excellent reputation as combat troops and during 1799-1800 the infantry of the Legion went into the 14th Legere, which was considered an elite unit.

The nickname 'Black Legion' was derived from the unit's coats, which were captured British ones which when redyed came out a very dark chestnut brown.

The unit that actually went to Wales, and didn't do very well, was the 2d Legion des Francs, sometimes known as the Red Legion. This unit was made up of rejects from other units, civilian criminals, and galley slaves. The commander was named Tate, an American who undoubtedly could not make bricks without straw.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse24 Oct 2018 2:56 p.m. PST

Ah!…. many thanks Kevin… so… a lot of combat for them…


NapStein25 Oct 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

There's an article published 1921 in the first volume of Le Passepoil about the Black Legion in Switzerland 1798-1799. Just go to the download section of Le Passepoil at Napoleon Online and select the first volume. The link is link

Greetings from Berlin
Markus Stein

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse25 Oct 2018 10:40 a.m. PST

Many thanks!.


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