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The Expendables
Vanity Fair, by William Langewiesche

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Posted By:MissMolly, 11/18/2012 5:32:16 AM

The word “foreign” in the name French Foreign Legion does not refer to faraway battlegrounds. It refers to the Legion itself, which is a branch of the French Army commanded by French officers but built of volunteers from around the world. Last summer I came upon 20 of them on a grassy knoll on a farm in France near the Pyrenees. They were new recruits sitting back-to-back on two rows of steel chairs. They wore camouflage fatigues and face paint, and held French assault rifles. The chairs were meant to represent the benches in a helicopter flying into action—

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It´s long, but it´s interesting.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 11/18/2012 8:25:02 AM     (No. 9021651)

Sounds like fun.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: wilko, 11/18/2012 9:35:40 AM     (No. 9021783)

Better pack the SPF90. After decades in the high altitudes, Mojave Desert and tropical locations I developed a nasty case of near fatal skin cancer. My best to the troops, but watch out!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 11/18/2012 9:44:35 AM     (No. 9021800)

This is the only military force from France deserving any respect. Of course they´re not French.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/18/2012 9:45:05 AM     (No. 9021801)

very long. very interesting. stuff I had no idea of...

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