What Exactly did the Famous French Foreign Legion do in WW2? – Which Side did they Choose?
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What Exactly did the Famous French Foreign Legion do in WW2? – Which Side did they Choose?

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The French Foreign Legion is among the most recognisable military branches in the world. But what did these mad-lads get up to in World War II? •Check out our … .

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24 thoughts on “What Exactly did the Famous French Foreign Legion do in WW2? – Which Side did they Choose?

  1. A lot of Spanish Republicans had no other choice than joining the Legion after crossing the frontier even though they considered France (and other democracies…UK) had stabbed the Spanish Republic in the back by blocking the frontier while regular German and Italian troops helped the fascist side.

  2. I don't understand, when they make a mistake like mispronouncing or straight up using completely wrong words, why they don't just re-record the audio? It happens so often in videos like these. Not just from The Front but all content creators. It just comes off as unprofessional. Or am I just too much of a perfectionist?

  3. Fascinating.
    Having compared your presentations to 'The World at War, I must add that your approach is much more micro in scope. I learn something from every episode.
    Thank you.

  4. French partisan and foreign legion did more to help the Allie's win the war then the entire french military , who basically were the afghans of WW2. Giving up there country in 2 months. Except the afghans ran away and gave up 2 billion dollars worth of u.s equipment. And to a bunch of farmers with small arms and only 50k they lived in holes and are all illiterate incestuous born morons.

  5. My (Austrian) grandfather was in the Wehrmacht, captured in France in 1944, he joined the French foreign legion from a POW camp, and was sent to Austria to reconnoitre for a French parachute landing… ran into opposition (SS) and was killed May 11, 1945… I can't find any french records of his existence. Only Osterreichischer Wiederstand (Austrian Resistance) has any record of him. If anyone has any clue how to confirm the french part… would be good to find some info.

  6. No religious obscurantism tolerated in the Legion : you do not eat pork, you do not need to come. Pork is served, you eat with your fellow legionnaires. Even the average man, if he succeeds, will become a formidable man. A legionnaire must be strong mentally and physically, loyal, intelligent, and have discipline.
    A legionnaire has chosen France, he loves France more than many a French does, and that is why France loves the legionnaire : He loves her, to the point of putting his life in line to prevent its foes to harm her. He loves France even more than she loves him. Regardless, he will protect it no matter what it takes. Do not be duped, he fights for the love of France, not just for a salary or for glory. The legionnaire is modest, if he brags at times it is more to remind the foes of France that it can get them than to get lauded.
    Voilà… Soldiers like few others are.

  7. I been looking for France war-crime in Indochina pre-WW2 and after WW2. Surprise Surprise, I manage to find no source mention French soldier commit war crime, but I did find at least 4 source where French Foreign legion execution of villages and French Foreign legion torture civilian for information.

    Now is it just me, or is this like the CIA now trains and employs none American to torture middle eastern prisoner, so the CIA won't get the blame? Did some SS veteran from Nazi Germany also fought in Dien Bien Phu? You know, those actual Nazi?

    This…sound familiar.

  8. Yeah great force, ask about the time france had to fire off a nuclear weapon because the legion was about to attack them and steal it. Really honorable, for a bunch of unwanted scumbags.

  9. I read that after WW2 German soldiers wore their rank under the lapels of their legionnaire uniforms. Many germans served and fought at Dien Bien Phu. I know of a US Army officer who fought in Vietnam who brought back a german luger pistol and that he'd had appraised it was a late WW2 weapon. I bet there must be an interesting story about a German who served in the legion after WW2 and ended up in Vietnam with his service weapon only to lose it to a Vietnamese who in turn lost it to the American officer.

  10. As I understand it there was a significant contribution of French forces in establishing the SAS. I have no idea if these were FFL personnel, maybe worth investigating.

  11. If you would like an insider's story of the thirteenth, General Marie Koenig's, men. Try the Book by Susan Travers, "Tomorrow the hero"? I'm not so sure of the title, it's been along time. However, Miss Travers was a French red cross nurse, assigned to the thirteenth, from Norway through to the liberation of France. She then officially joined the legion as a legionare, being the only woman to do so and served in indo-china.

  12. FFL swear allegiance to France!!! First article of the Légionnaire Honnour Code is : "Légionnaire, tu es un volontaire servant la France avec Honneur et Fidélité !" / "Légionnaire you are a volunteer and you will serve France with Honnour and Fidelity!"

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