The Foreign Legion (Légion Étrangère) is an elite unit of the French Army.
Established in 1831 it was created as a unit for foreign volunteers, because it was forbidden to recruit foreigners in the French Army after the Revolution of 1830.
It was mainly used to protect and extgend the French colonial empire in the nineteenth century, but also took part in all its wars with other European powers, such as the Franco-Prussian War and both world wars.
Despite being considered an anachronism by some, the Foreign Legion has persisted as an important part of the French Army. He has survived three republics, one empire, two world wars, the rise and fall of armies mass recruitment, the dismantling of the French colonial empire and eventually loss birthplace of the French Foreign Legion in Algeria.
The hard training camp of the Foreign Legion
The Foreign Legion that body of French elite was established in 1831. Was created as a unit for foreign volunteers, because it was forbidden to recruit foreigners in the French Army after Revolution of 1830.
Consequently, the instruction is often described as not only physically tough, but also very stressful psychologically. Often the training methods are considered brutal, leading to high dropout rates. The Legion defends himself by saying that war is brutal. In fact, it is easy for a legionary into combat more than once during his five years of service.