Had a big brawl with them in Djibouti. We beat a hasty retreat though, when the blades appeared. Our Booty Corporal got stabbed in the thigh, and a large percentage of the crew got lifted by the local police.
Even the Sin Bosun.
Worked with them off Corsica whilst PO of the deck on Bulwark. Very professional, hard as ****. They pay attention to what is being said. The one who didn't, when he asked a dumb question, got a punch in the ear hole form his Sergeant, no messing !
I have visited their HQ at Aubagne near Marseilles, and met several Brits (ex Booties and Paras)who had joined up. They were all NCOs so their previous training in the UKarmed services had helped them.
A lad at my work was in the French Foreign Legion (he's not french tho?). He said the training was unreal, like non-stop hiking with weighted rucksacks and only a couple of hours to sleep at a time. And he said they were literally beaten if they weren't doing good enough. I've forgotten where he actually served but he did go somewhere with them.
They are one of the most respected fighting forces in the word. And I'm sure they have due respect for other similar forces (the Spanish also have a foreign legion).
I think it is telling that they refuse 90 percent or more of aspiring recruits.
At very least the french have the decency to give long serving (at least five years) members a french passport! A lesson that could be learned elsewhere!!
I always understood that the FFL were the World's No.1 experts in the art of Tactical Retreats, whereas our Home Grown, lovingly nurtured, financially well rewarded, well fed, beer supping brave Booties only go in a forwards direction. Perhaps the problem is that the words: retreat, capitulation, surrender, all French derived words..... :twisted: whereas Big Brave Booties is an established English phrase meaning Never Surrender! :biggrin:
Nails, I'm astonished that you are not a serving Legionnaire! Hard as Roman cement, as robust as Janner, as superintelligent as Angrydoc and as Matelot as The Matelot. What is the British Legion coming to!