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April 09 , 2009

French Foreign Legion History


French Foreign Legion
Légion Etrangère

The Foreign Legion grenade emblem and colours.
Active  10 March 1831 - present
Country    France
Branch  French Army
Type  Foreign Legion
Role  Military force
Size  c. 7,700 men in eleven regiments and one sub-unit
Garrison/HQ  Aubagne (Headquarters)
Calvi (2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment)
Metropolitan France (5 regiments)
French Guiana (3rd Infantry Regiment)
Djibouti (13th Demi-Brigade)
Mayotte (Detachment)
Nickname  The Legion (English)
La Legion (French)
Motto  "Legio Irus Actica" (The Legion is our Strength)
"Legio Patria Nostra" (The Legion is our Fatherland)
"Honneur et Fidélité" (Honour and Fidelity)
"Marche ou crève" (March or die, unofficial)
March  Le Boudin
Anniversaries  Camerone Day (30 April)
commander  Brigade General Christophe de Saint Chamas
Legion flash  
Abbreviation  FFL (English)

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