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Camerone - 1863

The legionnaires kept firing without stopping, alternating between one line and another, following their officers' orders. Nobody said a word, and everybody followed the orders mechanically, shhoting, cleaning the gunbarrels with the ramrod, setting the cock, inserting a new cartridge, lifting the barrel, aiming, shooting again, all with a methodical progression that made the standard-bearer, Maudet, think of an industrial machine.
About fifteen legionnaires had fallen, some of them were still alive. The Mexicans had greater loss. Meanwhile the legionnaires reached the ruined farm. It was an half standing hacienda. These kind of buildings called Camaron but the French pronunciated it Camerone, so the name of that legendary place was passed as such.
They entrenched there in order to slow down the Mexicans' attack, thus keeping the enemy busy and protecting the supply caravan. They had no food nor water, since their mules with vittles remained far away.
A Mexican officer came alone to ask them to surrender because they had no chance if they would fight with 800 Mexican cavalrymen. Corporal Luis Favas, a Spaniard, translated into French the Mexican's request. Captain Danjou answered ''Nous avons des cartouches et ne nous rendrons pas!". Lifting his fist Danjou swore, that he would fight to the death. All of the legionnaires swore in front of their commander that they would never surrender.
The 800 Mexicans took positions and prepared for the battle. Their attack was effective this time. The legionnaires caused great loss on Mexicans' lines with their well aimed shots, but they began to loose their fire power.
Everybody hoped reinforcements would arrive, but the only reinforcements arrived for Mexicans, 1200 foot soldiers.
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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