Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Where Have The Heros Gone?

Fighting legends

In the early days, legionnaires were looked down upon by other French forces.
And, because their code of honour is to never surrender arms, they were often quite literally used as cannon fodder.

Yet despite this level of devotion to France, foreign legionnaires were forbidden from stepping on French soil. In time, however, this would change.

In Mexico, during the Battle of Camarón on 30 April 1863, the Legion’s reputation for being a dispensable unit of undesirables was suddenly elevated to its now highly respected status as a fighting force to be reckoned with.
A small infantry patrol led by Capitane Danjou was attacked and besieged by three battalions of the Mexican infantry and cavalry. Danjou’s men were forced to make a defence in the Hacienda Camarón near Puebla.

It was 62 legionnaires and three officers against more than 2000 Mexican soldiers.
Legend has it that despite being hopelessly outnumbered, the legionnaires kept the Mexicans at bay for more than a day, refusing to surrender.
When the last of the men had run out of ammunition, they fixed bayonets and charged their enemy.
When asked to surrender again, the legionnaires demanded to be allowed safe passage home and to take with them the French flag and the body of their fallen capitane.

Out of respect for their courage, the Mexican commander agreed to their terms, commenting 'These are not men, they are devils.'

The battle, the name of which now adorns the Legion’s flag, remains symbolic of their vow never to give up arms. It was the turning point for the Legion.
Camarón Day, celebrated every year on 30 April, is a special day for the Legion, when the wooden prosthetic hand of Danjou is taken down from its place of honour and displayed, as the men remember their fallen heroes.

This same scenario is undoubtedly being relived as we speak in the sandbox. How long it will take for the heroic actions that our troops are performing daily to be published for the world to see and appreciate is unknown...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

That's the best I can do today...

I meander through the fields and valleys of the Web from time to time.

A post somewhere will capture my interest, and I'll click on the links it contains.

Those links will contain further links, which will lead me to something else, and by the time I look up an hour or two has gone past and I've no idea what I did with the time.

Monday, April 07, 2008

An Interesting Quote..

Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.

The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

...this from Sir Robert Peel - who is credited with the conception of the first police metropolitian Londaon!