The French Army conquered Algeria

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It is a myth, but it sounds great, that the Legion is there to spare the lives of French soldiers. When France went to Algeria in 1830, it was with French troops.

Composition de l'armée d'Afrique pour l'expédition de 1830: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_de_l'armée_d'Afrique_pour_l'expédition_de_1830

And it was mainly with French troops, Algeria was conquered.

Régiments ayant participé à la conquête de l'Algérie par la France: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Régiments_ayant_participé_à_la_conquête_de_l'Algérie_par_la_France

19th century French Army in North Africa: https://cervens.net/legionbbs123/showthread.php?12165-19th-century-French-Army-in-North-Africa&highlight=french+army+algeria
 

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Not really surprising. The Legion was created in 1831, that is after the beginning the conquest of Algeria and in its early years it was involved in Spain and even ‘given’ to the supporters of Queen Isabel, fighting against those of Don Carlos in the first Carlist war. Having said that, the Legion was deeply involved later in various colonial theaters up until 1962.
 
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"Having said that, the Legion was deeply involved later in various colonial theaters up until 1962."

So true. But never on their own, and that is my point, because people tends to forget that.
 

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"Having said that, the Legion was deeply involved later in various colonial theaters up until 1962."

So true. But never on their own, and that is my point, because people tends to forget that.
As far I know/remember, there were over 500 thousand French troops in Algeria during the 50's-60's, about 30-40 thousand were Legion personnel.
 

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(...) So true. But never on their own, and that is my point, because people tend to forget that.
Yes that's correct. Actually, in its whole history, I can't find any theather / campaing where the Legion fought alone. As Joe said, even when the Legion was 30'000 to 40'000 men strong (Indochina, Algeria) it was always fighting alongside 'regular' French Army units.
 

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Yes that's correct. Actually, in its whole history, I can't find any theather / campaing where the Legion fought alone. As Joe said, even when the Legion was 30'000 to 40'000 men strong (Indochina, Algeria) it was always fighting alongside 'regular' French Army units.
Of course Patrick. God bless you "regulars". Without you guys, legionnaires probably couldn't tying their boots right way. ;)
 

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