Foreign legion

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Foreign legion or Foreign Legion is a title which has been used by a small number of military units composed of foreign volunteers.

It usually refers to the French Foreign Legion, part of the French Army, established in 1831.

It can also refer to:

In military[edit]

  • Polish Legions, several Polish military units that served with the French Army from the 1790s to the 1810s.
  • Portuguese Legion, a Portuguese military force integrated in the Napoleon's Imperial Armies, mobilized after the occupation of Portugal, in 1807.
  • King's German Legion (KGL), a British Army unit of expatriate German personnel during the Napoleonic Wars
  • Russian–German Legion, a Russian Army unit of expatriate German personnel during the Napoleonic Wars
  • Foreign volunteers, a general term for troops joining a foreign army
  • Mahal (Israel), foreigners serving in the Israeli army, both during the 1948 war of independence as well as in the present IDF
  • Spanish Legion, a quasi-independent unit of the Spanish Army originally intended as an equivalent to the French Foreign Legion
  • Brigade of Gurkhas, light infantry unit of the British Army largely manned by ethnic Nepali.

The title Foreign Legion has been applied commonly but unofficially to:

In culture[edit]

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