Happy Camerone Day!

Happy Camerone Day to all, it being the New Market Day of the French Foreign Legion (so to speak) and a damn good story too, which has the great benefit of being true.

Captain Jean Danjou lost his left hand in Algeria in 1853, when the canon [sic, “barrel”?] of his rifle had exploded. He wore a precisely-made wooden hand to replace it. The hand was brought back to France. Today, the wooden hand of Captain Jean Danjou is paraded annually on April 30…

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to Happy Camerone Day!

  1. burkemblog says:

    In 1992, I was on a multinational field problem in Sardinia (at the Italian Army’s version of Grafenwoehr). We had some Foreign Legion soldiers staying in the same barracks as my small US detachment–I have never met more unusual troops. I would not want to go up against them. My great-grandfather was a French infantry officer whose service spanned the Franco-Prussian war (as an enlisted man) through WWI (he retired as a commandant)–I have always wondered what he was like.


  2. DaveO says:

    Shouldn’t this be “Happy Mexican Marksmanship Day” instead? Or would that be cultural appropriation?


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