National Geographic : 1928 Feb
ON THE FRINGE OF THE GREAT DESERT THE ROAD TO GLORY IS SOMETIMES A ROCKY ONE The heterogeneous individuals who comprise the French Foreign Legion have penetrated the Algerian Desert with good roads. Assignment to a long term of road-building work is one of the punishments for attempted desertion from the Legion. © National Geographic Society Autochromes by Gervais Courtellemont FRANCE'S FAMOUS FIGHTERS ANSWER THE MESS CALL The motto of the Foreign Legion is, "No questions asked," and many a man buries his past under its uniform. The life of the Legionnaires seems romantic, but instead is the sternest reality.