This seems like a really good book. I want to get it but it is not allowing me to because my shipping address.About the book, recruiting to the Legion, and the writer.
Qui sont ces candidats à l’engagement ? Quelles sont les raisons qui les poussent à frapper à la porte des postes de recrutement ? Autrement dit, quels profils présentent-ils ? Les raisons qui poussent des hommes à quitter leur patrie pour entrer au service de la France dans la Légion étrangère...theatrum-belli.com
I don't think so, I think that it is quite simply that he cannot reply for one reason or another. The bar tabacs are all closed in France so it may well be that he cannot get out to top up his phone. Perhaps he can look in, if that is the case, "here's to you le petit Cpl. Enjoy your Camerone"Hopefully Le Petit Caporal is just pranking us to make us worry during the pandemic.
Ah that's what seems to be the case here, he had served in the French Paras a year before he joined the Legion so that would explain the brevet, no matter.....If he is wearing a para brevet, then more than likely he has served in the REP, or the Reggaie knights (REG - DINOPS). There are rare - very rare- where someone who has served in the French regulars and is rectified will wear his Para badge, but as I say it is rare -no-one wants to make a fool of himself. Not that I'm treating the French paras as anything less than Paras, it's just that they are not legion paras. I certainly do not want to offend anyone.
The -not quite the same thing- is for the medals. We had a cook (notice that I haven't said a chef as I would refer to an ACC of the Brit army as) who was a cook in the regulars also. On operations he was was getting some potatoes from the outside larder when an RGP hit the building next o him. He was slightly wounded and came out of it with a couple of medals: Valor militaire and bessé au combat + the OPEX he was more or less on. He wore his medals with pride.