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French Marines of the Second Infantry Regiment of the French Marine Corps and Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade are pictured in a Rigid Inflatable Boat during a joint beach assault exercise.

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Afghanistan, January 2011

A mine clearing specialist from the French Foreign Legion searches for improvised explosive devices on a road near Tagab in Kapisa Province on Jan. 25. The French Foreign Legion, a military unit established in 1831, was created for foreign nationals of any nationality wishing to serve in the French armed forces. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Konfessionen Europas 1618 - 1648 *30 jährigen Krieges* Religious affiliation 1618 - 1648 **30 Years War.** Note that Gustavus Adulphus of Sweden, a Lutheran, employed in his armed forces a fair number of Irish and Scottish expatriate military, some of whom were Catholic. Was Gustavus Agustus financed by the French Crown and Cardinal Richelieu? http://www.amazon.com/The-Military-Revolution-Political-Change/dp/0691024758…

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