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In Mexico, outnumbered French Legionnaires fight to the last in the legendary battle at Camarón

Mexico, 1857, zoomable map
04/30/1863
The 3rd Company of the Foreign Regiment of the French Army in Mexico were escorting wagons when they came in contact in the early morning with an overwhelming force of Mexican irregulars.  The sixty-five men, under Captain Jean Danjou, fortified a ranch near Camarón, fifty miles southwest of Veracruz, and fought all day until wiped out.  Only five men survived.  The Legion today celebrates this action each year on this date. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William H. Beezley, Michael C. Meyer, The Oxford History of Mexico (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), 350. 

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