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The French being a thrifty and practical people have always been willing to let any foreigners assist them in any necessary bleeding and dying for La Patrie Writes American historian John Elting From the Scots who rode with Joan of Arc to the Foreign Legion at Dien Bien Phu the foreign soldier idealistic volunteer or hard-case mercenary is an integral part of the French military tradition Since its inception on March 10 1831 by King Louis Philippe the Legion has attracted soldiers mercenaries and outcasts of every nationality race and creed in society It is often assumed that the Legion is merely a mercenary army of societys unwanted thugs brutes and criminals to serve Frances less amiable military endeavors But these assumptions though understandable are far from the truth The legion is a rigorously trained elite outfit of volunteers that have throughout their history displayed outstanding courage preferring to fight to the death rather than retreat or surrender So given the legions history of elite service bravery and incredible romantic appeal it is clear there is much more to the legion than meets the proverbial eye The employment of foreign mercenary soldiers in France dates back to the twelfth century when King Philippe Auguste resolved to acquire a force more dependable than the feudal armies that dotted the kingdom These Feudal levies were only obliged to stay under arms for forty days and thus could not be counted on for reliable defense or offense against Frances enemies Auguste instituted a system of payment for his Knights in lieu of their service the income from which was then invested by the knights in the acquisition of routiers or free companions The practice of employing foreigners grew during the Hundred Years War with England during the 14th and 15th centuries When in 1439 France created fifteen companies to form the heart of a standing army two of these were Scottish An attempt was made to create
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