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Camerone - 1863

CAMERONE, 30 April 1863
"Nous avons des cartouches et ne nous rendrons pas"

Item : French Foreigner Legion, Battle of Camerone, 1863
Manufacturer : Pegaso Models
Item Code : 54-806
Scale : 54 mm
Material : White metal
Sculptor : Stefano Cannone

This vignette is based on the saga of the legionnaires at Camerone.

The Mexican civil war had lasted three years, and the country was devastated to the extent that payment of its debts with foreign countries had been suspended.
France, Great Britain and Spain had agreed to make a military intervention, but President Juarez was determined to fight to free his country from European interference.
The Union of the Northern American states was too busy fighting the Confederation to be able to help Mexico.By April 1862 the Spanish and English no longer agreed on the operation, and decided to withdraw and leave the French alone.
The Régiment Etranger landed at Vera Cruz on late March 1863. The unknown insects' assault, spicy beans, tortillas, tequila and at last extremely serious dysentary attacked the leggionaires in the first days of their arrival.
On April 29 the headquarters of the Legion was informed that a large caravan of supplies and gold nuggets had been sent from La Soledad for the troops involved in the siege on Puebla. The Third Company of the first battalion received the order to march ahead of the caravan, to avoid the possibility of the enemy's intercepting the supplies and the gold. That day because of the yellow fever the Third Company, could send up only 62 capable men. Captain Danjou had been charged as their commander and two more officers had been charged to help him on this journey.
The 65 legionnaires and numerous mules loaded with boxes of ammunition began marching on the early cool morning hours before the sun began pounding as they learned in the African desert.
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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