Wednesday, September 2, 2009
MM Video: The Belgian Legion
The Belgian Legion was a regiment of 2 battalions of Belgian volunteers sent to Mexico to defend their native daughter Empress Carlota. The French sent 300 of them to Tacambaro under Major Tigdal where they fought to the death against 3,000 Mexican republicans who massacred the few who survived. However, the Belgian commander, Baron Van der Smissen, returned the following month and avenged the defeat with a resounding victory. They suffered to some degree because of the animosity of the French Marshal Bazaine to Belgians in general but they served heroically for the duration of the tour of duty. When the Empress Carlota died in Belgium in 1920 the handful of surviving veterans of the Belgian Legion provided the Honor Guard at her funeral.