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Camerone - 1863

After five hours of marching the sun of the Tierra caliente began to affect the legionnaires. They decided to stop and take a break for coffee. They gathered some dry sticks from the ruins of a nearby farm.
Before their water for the coffee boiled, they heard a horse whinny. Captain Danjou looked at Second Lieutenant Maudet, his adjunct, who in turn looked in surprised at Lieutenant Vilain. They began barking orders while everyone saw a cloud of dust approaching with loud voices shouting in Spanish, "Adelante! Fuego contra los francesos hijos de puta!". The first bullets shot without aim by the Mexicans whistled over the legionnaires.
Captain Danjou ordered the men to square up with fifteen men on a side with the mules in center. At a second order they pulled out their bayonets and lined up one after another with their guns aimed and ready to response the attack. The Mexicans came on, yelling, with their raised sabres. The legionnaires carefully aimed fires, as they were trained for this, upset many Mexicans and their horses.
After this surprise and very efficient counter attack, the legionnaires pulled back to the ruins of the nearby farm with the order of their commander.
The Mexicans became furious after loosing numerous comrades with the fire of a fistful men, and charged again. This time several legionnaires fell but, their precise fire made Mexicans to take their wounded, and pull back.
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About the Author

About Alguhan Akşar (wampum)

Born in 1973, Istanbul.I'm married and I have two lovely sons. As a son of a modeller I've built many aircraft models when I was just a little kid. Then by my father's suggestions I've built some sailing ships in large scales. Later my favorites were 1/35 dioramas, mostly WW2 German till I met the ...


Very good work Algu. I've always been interested in the French Foreign Legion (Not enough to join ) They still parade Captain Danjou's wooden arm on the anniversary of the battle.
MAR 27, 2008 - 12:15 AM
Thanks alot friends. I began to paint them last year and painted slowly one by one between other projects. It is an old Pegaso product, and they are not producing it anymore. A very nice kit to paint. Pat, yes I've read about this. However I would like to see one of the officer's hand sculpted in that shape in this vignette and paint it as Danjou. This officer in the vignette is wearing the uniform of a second lieutenant, regarding the booklet of the vignette kit.
MAR 27, 2008 - 12:24 AM
Beautiful and big work. Nice setting and work on the scenery. I think it is your best to dat e!!!! Congratulations Costas
MAR 27, 2008 - 12:38 AM
Thanks bro, I am glad you like it.
MAR 27, 2008 - 12:49 AM
Great work Algu! Arthur
MAR 27, 2008 - 12:51 AM
Thanks my friend.
MAR 27, 2008 - 01:14 AM
Just fell on your new one it's quite, quite good indeed! very nice bit of history that i didn't know before. it made seem your painting even more lively, that's another of your own victories, keep well in this very good progression! JB
MAR 28, 2008 - 01:14 AM
Thank you mon ami for your comment.
MAR 28, 2008 - 07:06 PM
Turned out really nice..
MAR 28, 2008 - 10:56 PM
Thank you Dave.
MAR 30, 2008 - 09:18 PM