Men from all over the world have left their pasts behind to start a new life as elite soldiers in the French Foreign Legion. Director Elisabeth Nord has been granted unprecedented access to follow this legendary defence force from the inside. The documentary series looks beyond the myths and brutal reputation of the Legion, portrays the legionnaires' daily life, and reveals the true face of one of the most famous, mysterious and secretive fighting forces in the world.
Runtime: 50 minutes
The Foreign Legion: Tougher Than the Rest - Blue Division - Netflix
The Blue Division (Spanish: División Azul, German: Blaue Division), officially designated as División Española de Voluntarios by the Spanish Army and 250. Infanterie-Division in the German Army was a unit of Spanish volunteers and conscripts who served in the German Army on the Eastern Front of the Second World War. It also included 1,000 men of the Portuguese Legion sent by the Portuguese Estado Novo under the Spanish Flag, many of whom had already fought in the Viriatos during the Spanish Civil War. The Blue Division was the only component of the German Army to be awarded a medal of their own, commissioned by Hitler after the effectiveness it had impeding the advance of the Red Army. Blue Division casualties in all of the Russo-German conflict totaled 22,700—3,934 battle deaths, 570 disease deaths, 326 missing or captured, 8,466 wounded, 7,800 sick, and 1,600 frostbitten. In action against the Blue Division, the Red Army suffered 49,300 casualties.
The Foreign Legion: Tougher Than the Rest - Volkhov (October 1941 – August 1942) - Netflix
The Blue Division was first deployed on the Volkhov River front, with its headquarters in Grigorovo, on the outskirts of Novgorod. It was in charge of a 50 km section of the front north and south of Novgorod, along the banks of the Volkhov River and Lake Ilmen. According to the museum curator in the Spasa Preobrazheniya church on Ilyin Street, the division used the high cupola as a machine-gun nest. As a result, much of the building was seriously damaged, including many of the medieval icons by Theophanes the Greek.
The Foreign Legion: Tougher Than the Rest - References - Netflix