Foreign legion


Foreign legion

Foreign Legion is a title which has been used by a small number of units of foreign volunteers. It can refer to:

In military

*Foreign volunteers, a general term for troops joining a foreign army
*French Foreign Legion, elite unit within the French Army established in 1831
*Spanish Foreign Legion, an elite unit of the Spanish Army originally intended as an equivalent to the French Foreign Legion; stopped recruiting foreigners in 1987

The title Foreign Legion has been applied commonly but "unofficially" to:
* Royal Dutch East Indies Army (KNIL), informally known as "Dutch Foreign Legion" (1830–1950; stopped recruiting foreigners after the Aceh War ended in 1904)
* Rhodesian Light Infantry, informally known as "Rhodesian Foreign Legion" (1961–1980; only accepted white recruits)
*International Legion, created in 1860 by Giuseppe Garibaldi

In culture

*Foreign Legion (band), a punk band from South Wales
*Foreign Legion (hip hop crew), a hip hop crew from Oakland, California
*Foreign Legion (wrestling), a loosely affiliated group in Mexican wrestling
*"Tarzan and the Foreign Legion", 22nd book in the Tarzan series


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  • foreign legion — n. 1. a military force composed mainly of volunteers from foreign countries 2. [F L ] such a French force, orig. based in N Africa …   English World dictionary

  • Foreign Legion — ► NOUN ▪ a military formation of the French army composed chiefly of non Frenchmen and originally founded to fight France s colonial wars …   English terms dictionary

  • foreign legion — noun a military unit composed of foreign volunteers who serve the state • Hypernyms: ↑legion • Hyponyms: ↑French Foreign Legion * * * noun the Foreign Legion : a part of the French Army that is made up of soldiers who are not French …   Useful english dictionary

  • foreign legion — 1. a military unit consisting of foreign volunteers in the service of a state. 2. (caps.) a specialized military unit of the French army, consisting of volunteers of all nationalities assigned to military operations and duties outside France.… …   Universalium

  • foreign legion — for′eign le′gion n. mil a military unit made up of foreign volunteers in the service of a nation • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • Foreign Legion — /fɒrən ˈlidʒən/ (say foruhn leejuhn) noun 1. a military body in the French Army, consisting of foreigners of all nationalities, and including French soldiers, used mainly for military operations and duties outside France, formerly especially in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • foreign legion — military organization consisting of volunteers from other countries …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Foreign Legion — noun a military formation of the French army composed chiefly of non Frenchmen and originally founded to fight France s colonial wars …   English new terms dictionary

  • Foreign Legion Command — (COMLE) Foreign Legion Command Insignia Active 1984 Present Country …   Wikipedia


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