The Foreign Legion

Many years ago I saw the Foreign Legion band at the Royal Tournament. They were preceded by a Canadian regimental band of podgy trombonists and bespecled drummers. Then the Legion appeared with the lights dimmed. Each man was V shaped, shaven headed and wearing their bleached white kepis. They were lead by a phalanx of men wearing leather aprons and carrying axes. They marched to a slow funerary beat, chanting their death dirge. They were terrifying.

This is an article about the modern Legion and its cult of death.



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