Today in War History: French Foreign Legion

3/9/1831 The Foreign Legion was founded by King Louis-Philippe on March 9, 1831, as a military unit with the purpose to support the conquest of Algeria, which the French had invaded in 1830.  Originally, the Legion was exclusively created for foreign nationals willing to serve in the French Armed Forces. Today, it is commanded by French officers, and is open to French citizens, comprising roughly 1/4 of the recruits.

The Legion is an elite military unit focused not only on traditional military skills but also on its strong esprit de corps. With its men coming from many different countries, this is widely believed to strengthen them as a team. The training is not only physically challenging, but also extremely challenging based on psychologically stressful.

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