|Now how to establish a harem in the Laundry Room Barracks and slip this lass past General ze Wife.|
|Yes I know they didn't all fight in their Kepi Blanc but hey, it's the legion and they look cool.|
|Defense of Bir Hakeim 26 May-11 June, 1942|
13e Demi-Brigade de Légion Étrangère
The brigade was created in 1940, and with the Senegalese Tirailleur Regiment of Tchad became one of the two regiments which rallied as a constituted unit of the Free French Forces. The 13e DBLE would be part of most major campaigns the armed forces of France during WWII.
The legion's defense of Bir Hakeim along with the 1st Free French Brigade against the DAK and Italians had lengthened the Axis supply route around the south end of the Gazala line while causing them losses. It also gave the British time to recover in the wake of their defeat at the Cauldron and regroup and set up a defense for the First battle of El Alamein.
|Bir Hakeim, Libya|
Their are some fun story lines that could be used as wargame scenarios or objectives like French General Marie-Pierre Koenig's affair with English nurse and ambulance driver Susan Travers, the only women to formally be enrolled in the Legion Etrangere. She was an Adjudant-chef which is similar to the rank of lieutenant. Perhaps a victory condition or points is to capture her (sorry, just thinking out loud).
So here are some photos of what I have completed so far. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I'm not expert in WWII or specifically the desert campaigns but I've done a bunch of research to date and can hopefully steer you in the right direction for information. Thanks for checking this post out.
|Italeri 6139-African House. Aprox $50 US.|
|A few of the 20mm Guilhem Dalou figures for scale of the Italeri model.|