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I would personally buy a lot of FFL sets for the 1950s era
FFL, FFF, CPN, WOTSS, LOTR, ASAP, AKA... WTF! sometimes i really get lost in your acronyms obsession! :smile:
Something very rare for the FFL-fans:
And it is still there:
Some people say that this Fort Lallemande served as a template for the well-known "Fort Sahara" of AIRFIX.
Airfix's Fort Sahara isn't that far from real forts then.
Until now it was our impression, that it was purely imaginary model.
Yes, the people of Airfix have of course made their fort much simpler. Just like the Roman castle of Hadrian's Wall... But there are few Saharan forts that have exactly this area of accommodation.
Yes, there is no proof of the Airfix design of there "Fort Sahara".
But the Fort Allemagne seems to be closest to their design...
It is very interesting, that these old FFL_forts, some of which have been abandoned for 80 years and were left lonely in the desert, are now objects for archaeologists.
my focus is on the Prussian army of the Napoleonic wars.
But since STRELETS has released so many different types of FFL sets, I've been looking for a FFL project that I could implement in a small diorama for a long time. Therefore, in the last year I have dealt intensively with the forts and battles of the FFL and SFL in the desert colonies.
After a long search I came across the SFL fort in Bir Moghrein (not to be confused with the later built, much larger Fort Trinquet of the FFL near this place).
I will probably build this little fort on my own because the 1:72 scale models available on the market are unfortunately "far away" from the real objects of that time.
This little plant also shows what you already mentioned; Due to a lack of building materials, many of these desert forts were fenced houses rather than heavy fortresses. Low walls and often no watchtower at all. Most of the FFL- and SFL-Forts are such little "fenced houses".Fending off an enemy attack there was certainly a "suicide command".
A good example for this small defense buildings (here Spanish FL) and what happens there;
Start at 1:20..
Wonderful, Gerd! I hope you make this fort. It can be very satisfying for you, especially if you have some men to put in it. It can make your imagination run wild with thoughts of what it must have been like for soldiers manning your fort. That's a lot of the fun of building something you know did exist - wonderment. OK, good luck! :camel:
Oh! P.S. I'll watch your movie. Can't wait. Should be exciting. Till next time ...
I watched the whole movie - La Bandera 1935. I really enjoyed it (although my Spanish and French is lacking). Just watching you understand the movie plot. The movie has actual forts in it - big ones. So great to see these! And I like the 1930 Spanish Foreign Legion uniforms.
Anyway, I hope you make a fort or diorama and let Strelets post it for you. Who knows, maybe they'll make some of the earlier 1930's Spanish Legion soldiers!
Thank you again - David :palm_tree: :film_projector: :earth_africa:
Even if the film "La Bandera" seems a little old-fashioned, it is still something rare. Because there are hardly any films about the uprisings of the Rif-Berbers in the years 1919-26, which later spread to the French territories. While there are many books and films available about the FFL, the Spanish Legion never caught Hollywood's interest. Maybe because the SFL ist founded later (in 1920) and has not such a long history as FFL. Perhaps also because the SFL later fought on the "wrong side" in the Spanish Civil War (from the point of view of the USA).
The Berbers also rarely tried to attack the large forts or garrisons, which were equipped with several machine guns, mortars and often heavy artillery. Therefore, mostly smaller outposts or patrols were attacked ... a typical partisan war. It was not until the end of the war, when the Spaniards evacuated large parts of Morocco, that there were costly attacks against larger Spanish garrisons. In some cases there, the Berbers also executed several hundred Spanish soldiers who had surrendered. General Franco then fought back with great severity in 1925/26, often with airplanes and sometimes even with the use of poison gas bombs. That was a war without mercy ..
Since 1987 the SFL has lost the status of a "Legion", because recruiting strangers was forbidden at the time. Today the SPG regiment is more likely to be seen as a bearer of an old tradition, but only consists of regular Spanish soldiers.
And the tradition is living:
The fastest marching soldiers ever:
Once again, thank you for your thoughts and also the YouTube links. Yes, I do enjoy watching and learning about the SFL. The 1935 movie was a real pleasure for me to watch. It had so many actual historical forts and locations in it. "One picture is worth a 1,000 words" is so true for me. I'm a visual person first, then I go back and read or research.
I find Wikipedia is a great resource for first time research or backup facts. As you know, the FFL was founded around 1834 to clean out France from the undesirables hanging out in pubs and getting in trouble. Sending them to Africa to be sacrificed towards France's colonial aspirations was not a social issue back home. But the years following was a nice surprise to discover these men fought so well together - a kind of strange brotherhood. That's what interests me about them - a legion of strangers - as in the movies.
The SFL seems to have been founded later and more purpose driven. Again such an intereresting history. I'm now just beginning to learn. But any group of men wanting to start over in life, change their names, or just hide out is so fascinating to me. So I will watch each of your YouTube links during this week and enjoy and do a little reading, too. I tell you, those SFL guys look really, really tough! I'd hate to face against them!
So, I'll touch base with you about this next weekend. Oh, yeah, I looked up the BUM SFL 1/72 set (looks like Orion, actually) but it was a limited run and seems to be nowhere to buy. But a great looking set of figures!
OK, have a great week! - GC
First, thank you again for your latest comments and also the additional YouTube links. I enjoyed watching all of them during last week. Man, those guys can really march fast! I also did quite a bit of reading of the history of the SFL and SL and it was really interesting!
BUM Set 5000 1/72 La Legion (I still think an Orion product) were beautifully sculpted, however, I can't find any to buy. Too bad! Maybe Strelets will make some. I do like the uniforms of the 1935 movie and BUM figures, so if you and anyone else requests them to be produced, I'll support it.
And I do hope you make the fort in the photo you included in this thread above. For me, forts are equally important to me as the figures for my collection. So I'll keep an eye out if you go forward with it.
Well, this thread may soon disappear completely so again, I very much enjoyed this discussion. If you guys start a new thread, I'll enjoy seeing it!
OK, have a super weekend and thank you again for opening my eyes to the SFL and SL!
With appreciation - GC