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On this day, in 1957, Jonny joined the French Foreign Legion, and not much happened after that. The rest is history. (As Jonny likes to put it)
 

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18 June 1940 L'appel du 18 Juin.

The Appeal of 18 June (French: L'Appel du 18 juin) was a famous speech by Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces, in 1940. The appeal is often considered to be the origin of the French Resistance to the German occupation during World War II. De Gaulle spoke to the French people from London after the fall of France. He declared that the war for France was not yet over, and rallied the country in support of the Resistance. It is regarded as one of the most important speeches in French history.

On 18 June 1940, at 19:00 (GMT), de Gaulle's voice was broadcast nationwide, saying in French:
"The leaders who, for many years, have been at the head of the French armies have formed a government. This government, alleging the defeat of our armies, has made contact with the enemy in order to stop the fighting. It is true, we were, we are, overwhelmed by the mechanical, ground and air forces of the enemy. Infinitely more than their number, it is the tanks, the aeroplanes, the tactics of the Germans which are causing us to retreat. It was the tanks, the aeroplanes, the tactics of the Germans that surprised our leaders to the point of bringing them to where they are today.
"But has the last word been said? Must hope disappear? Is defeat final? No!
"Believe me, I who am speaking to you with full knowledge of the facts, and who tell you that nothing is lost for France. The same means that overcame us can bring us victory one day. For France is not alone! She is not alone! She is not alone! She has a vast Empire behind her. She can align with the British Empire that holds the sea and continues the fight. She can, like England, use without limit the immense industry of the United States.
"This war is not limited to the unfortunate territory of our country. This war is not over as a result of the Battle of France. This war is a world war. All the mistakes, all the delays, all the suffering, do not alter the fact that there are, in the world, all the means necessary to crush our enemies one day. Vanquished today by mechanical force, in the future we will be able to overcome by a superior mechanical force. The fate of the world depends on it.
"I, General de Gaulle, currently in London, invite the officers and the French soldiers who are located in British territory or who might end up here, with their weapons or without their weapons, I invite the engineers and the specialised workers of the armament industries who are located in British territory or who might end up here, to put themselves in contact with me.
"Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. Tomorrow, as today, I will speak on the radio from London.”
 
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On this day, in 1957, Jonny joined the French Foreign Legion, and not much happened after that. The rest is history. (As Jonny likes to put it)
Jonny,
On 20/06/1956 I joined the RM. By your posts I always thought you were older than me. However your post answered my unanswered question as to whether you participated in Operation Musketeer. As you say it is all history to us " The old farts".
 

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July 1 1916
First day of the battle of the Somme,

The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German: Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive,
was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and Franceagainst the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. More than three million men fought in this battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

Worth watching, only 2mins 18


And today is also Canada Day :)
 

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July 1 1916
First day of the battle of the Somme,

The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German: Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive,
was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and Franceagainst the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. More than three million men fought in this battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

Worth watching, only 2mins 18


And today is also Canada Day :)
A big thank you to our Canadian allies.
 
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The rice fields in the Camargue. ...
Chineese coolies brought over to Europe to dig the trenches of the first world war. ..
 
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1983 was the year I joined, 26 of June at the Fort de Nogent. In all my time, I knew some good dudes, but mostly tossers and not always French.
 

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1983 was the year I joined, 26 of June at the Fort de Nogent. In all my time, I knew some good dudes, but mostly tossers and not always French.
I know... The good lads more then made up for the tossers. I can only speak for the REP/13th. I suspect it was much the same in other regiments. Times have changed mon petit. Hopefully for the better!
 
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Saw yesterday an old buddy from the 1st company (French/Thai) who was painting the shop he is opening... He also runs his own building firm and owns a building (he tarted it up and rents out the apparts). Made my day. Pizzeria I go to, next to where I live, is an ex-Rep and we bust some cans together often.
 

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Nice. If I ever make it across the pond one more time. I’d like to share a beer and pizza. and bullshit with some ex legionnaires. an old fart like me it should be on my bucket list!
 

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04 July 1776

Independence day :)

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.[1] The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2 ...

One or two of the many things about the American Independence day : John Hancock whom it is alleged wrote his signature on the declaration to big and boldly to P*ss off the British.
Today when filling in a form it is not unheard of to hear someone say "put your John Hancock here."
Running time 1 Min 07.

Also on this day 04 July 1826 John Adams the 2nd US President died. On the same day, same year Thomas Jefferson the 3rd US president died ! :eek:

Can you believe this ?

Happy Independence Day !!!
 

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13 July 1930
Start of the first World cup



First World Cup
1930, France defeats Mexico 4-1 and the United States defeats Belgium 3-0 in the first-ever World Cup football matches, played simultaneously in host city Montevideo, Uruguay. The World Cup has since become the world’s most watched sporting event.

After football (soccer, to Americans) was dropped from the program for the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, FIFA President Jules Rimet helped to organize an international tournament in 1930. Much to the dismay of European footballers, Uruguay, winner of back-to-back gold medals at the 1924 Paris Olympics and 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, was chosen to host the inaugural World Cup.

Due to depression in Europe, many European players, afraid their day jobs would not exist when they returned, were either unable or unwilling to attend the tournament. As a result, some of the most accomplished European teams, including three-time Olympic gold medalist England and football enthusiasts Italy, Spain, Germany and Holland did not make an appearance at the first World Cup. However, when Uruguay agreed to help pay traveling expenses, Rimet was able to convince Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia to make the trip. In Romania, King Carol selected the team members himself, gave them a three-month vacation from their jobs and guaranteed the players would be employed when they returned.

Going into the tournament, Uruguay and Argentina were the overwhelming favorites, while France and the United States also fielded competitive sides. In the first round, France’s Lucien Laurent scored the first-ever World Cup goal. In its second game, France lost to Argentina 1-0 amid controversy over the referees ending the game six minutes early. Once the problem was discovered, the referees had to bring the Argentine players back onto the field to play the final minutes. After beating Belgium, the United States beat Paraguay to set up a semi-final match with Argentina, which they lost 6-1. Still, the semi-final placement was the best U.S. World Cup finish to date.

In the first World Cup final, held on July 30, 1930, 93,000 spectators looked on as Uruguay defeated Argentina 4–2 in a rematch of the 1928 Olympic gold medal game. Uruguay went on to win its second World Cup in 1950 with a 2-1 win over Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.
 

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