Inside The Legion

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Thursday 21 May, 9.30pm

One of the strongest Legion traditions is the annual competition to build the best Christmas crib. Originally from England, Adjudant Raubenheimer of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment in Nimes is competing this year. The General of the Legion – General Pichot de Champfleury – pays a visit to the regiment in Nimes to see the progress of the crib building and other Christmas preparations. In Djibouti, Africa, the snipers are training, legionnaires are up for the final exercise of their combat training and a hindrance track must be passed both during the day and during the night.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Thursday 14 May, 9.30pm

The French Foreign Legion has long been surrounded by intrigue and mystique, but it’s time for them to reveal a little more about who they are and what they do. Meet the legionnaires of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment in Nimes. They train, march and live in barracks. Find out first-hand, what it’s like being in the Legion and learn more about the backgrounds of the men who make up this fighting unit. As the mystery around the Legion is pared back, more about this regiment and the legionnaires is revealed, showing how they live today and in the past. See the legionnaires in action in France; on a peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast; and in Djibouti, where the Legion has its toughest combat training centre.