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The idea of escaping from the pressures of existence leads many anguished younger males to the French overseas Legion. notwithstanding, the brutality of its education regime and the horror tales of its ruthless NCOs were instructed by means of the millions who've abandoned. This booklet tells the tale of these who stayed.

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Now, thought I, we are going to be dispatched. But the natives disagreed among themselves, and appeared to be hestitating before shooting us there and then or taking us to Mascara, the nearest military station, where they would have received twenty-five francs for each of us from the military authorities. Eventually one came up to me and, pointing towards the north, told me to go. I could scarcely believe my ears, but quickly stepped out a couple of yards, although expecting to be shot down instantly.

It was a terrible slaughter. The ground was covered with black bodies and the carnage was not yet over. Among the corpses of the Dahoman warriors were dozens of wounded. The Legion neither had the means nor the men to either treat them or keep them as prisoners and, as was customary, they were finished off where they lay. The column continued on its trek north, and battled through regular encounters with smaller groups of warriors. The legionnaires' first meeting with the Amazons came on 4 October when they joined a battle already in progress between the Dahomans and other French army units.

They continued to show real animosity toward it, preferring the version promoted by its military chiefs and peddled by many of its writers, that it was manned by a bunch of desperados, drunks and madmen - people hiding from trouble. France itself was shunting criminals and vagrants of foreign extract into the Legion, rather than spending money keeping them in jail. Several stories emerged of recruits of various nationalities, mostly German, who had been arrested for some misdemeanour or other in France and, however slight the offence, had been given the option of hard labour in prison or 'volunteering' for the legion - a situation that continued well into the 20th centuty.

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