A history of the nazi campaign to discourage germans from enlisting into the french foreign legion

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The Germans were demanding the use of ports and airfields in Syria and Lebanon, and the Vichy French were complying. Second Madagascar Expedition —[ edit ] Main article: Second Madagascar expedition Ina battalion, formed by the First and Second Foreign Regiments, was sent to the Kingdom of Madagascaras part of an expeditionary force whose mission was to conquer the island.

Halsey, an American newly commissioned in the Legion, described the days of training that followed. Before the 13th Demi-Brigade could attack Narvik itself, the nearby village of Bjerkvik had to be taken, for the high ground behind it dominated the strategic port.

This is why it was important for the German leadership to attack France as quickly as possible and why the British and French in did not attack Germany because they knew that as time passed they would outproduce Germany and enlist more manpower.

Other allegations about Chinese corruption, poor leadership and training, and infighting between the KMT and CCP also have some merit but this is not the whole story. However, after the war when the Axis were defeated, and Soviet Russia emerged as the new menace to Western Europe, America and East Asia, Britain and American actively undermined or attempted to crush their former insurgent allies of convenience.

Still, many Nazi agents got in before the heightened scrutiny began. The Legionnaires' victory at the fortress of Ouilla and police patrols in the region accelerated the submission of the tribes.

The Legion had no air support and no anti-aircraft artillery, and Vichy French planes took a heavy toll.

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In this context it should be noted that France had less population, money and industry compared to America, Russia, Britain and of course Germany! On 11 October two provisional battalions disembarked via sea at Toulon , the first time the Foreign Legion had been deployed in France itself. Meanwhile after the introduction of super tanks like Panthers and Tigers in the Germans lost every major battle from Kursk to Berlin. Dressed in colorful Cossacklike uniforms, they were expert horsemen and fierce fighters. Afterwards a British, and Free-French force, invaded French Syria and Lebanon in retribution for the cost of perhaps 10, allied and Vichy casualties. Britain, with her navy, vast armed forces and widespread bases, provided the glue which allowed the allies to conduct most campaigns, supply each other, and complement their efforts. In the late s, as more and more young Germans were joining that famous fighting force, the German press was violently attacking it, and the Nazi government demanded that recruiting be stopped. Had Halsey been with the Legion longer, perhaps he would not have been so surprised. After the battle at Keren, the Legion was off to Massawa, the chief Red Sea port of Eritrea and the last principal city in the country to hold out against the Allies. While American forces in Europe suffered more casualties overall this is deceiving as proportionately those in the pacific were much smaller and suffered a considerably bigger portion of casualties in relation to their numbers. Then, shouting A moi la Legion! The German and Japanese forces fought stubbornly, ruthlessly and usually effectively, until the end of the war while their home-fronts never rebelled, resisted, or seriously questioned the legitimacy of the war. The foreign battalion formed the backbone of the column launched on Antananarivo , the capital of Madagascar. Yet the Axis never attempted an invasion of the island and by holding out, and serving as a naval and airbase, she helped cripple Axis supply to North Africa at critical times such as the winter of and the late summer and autumn of Still the Germans kept joining—until half the privates and 80 percent of the noncommissioned officers in the Legion were German.

The march was similar in many ways to the Eritrean experience. This includes controversial campaigns like Barbarossa, Stalingrad, Kursk, The Battle of the Bulge, his no retreat policies, refusing to surrender before Germany was occupied and ruined, etc. Although these were still harsh Finland maintained her independence and as such remains the only de facto axis member of the war that escaped allied occupation.

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World War II: A Tale of the French Foreign Legion