54mmCamerone - 1863
This vignette is based on the saga of the legionnaires at Camerone.
CAMERONE, 30 April 1863
"Nous avons des cartouches et ne nous rendrons pas"
Item : French Foreigner Legion, Battle of Camerone, 1863
Manufacturer : Pegaso Models
Item Code : 54-806
Scale : 54 mm
Material : White metal
Sculptor : Stefano Cannone
The Mexican civil war had lasted three years, and the country was devastated to the extent that payment of its debts with foreign countries had been suspended.
France, Great Britain and Spain had agreed to make a military intervention, but President Juarez was determined to fight to free his country from European interference.
The Union of the Northern American states was too busy fighting the Confederation to be able to help Mexico.By April 1862 the Spanish and English no longer agreed on the operation, and decided to withdraw and leave the French alone.
The Régiment Etranger landed at Vera Cruz on late March 1863. The unknown insects' assault, spicy beans, tortillas, tequila and at last extremely serious dysentary attacked the leggionaires in the first days of their arrival.
On April 29 the headquarters of the Legion was informed that a large caravan of supplies and gold nuggets had been sent from La Soledad for the troops involved in the siege on Puebla. The Third Company of the first battalion received the order to march ahead of the caravan, to avoid the possibility of the enemy's intercepting the supplies and the gold. That day because of the yellow fever the Third Company, could send up only 62 capable men. Captain Danjou had been charged as their commander and two more officers had been charged to help him on this journey.
The 65 legionnaires and numerous mules loaded with boxes of ammunition began marching on the early cool morning hours before the sun began pounding as they learned in the African desert.
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