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French Foreign Legion Certificate of Good Conduct



Legion Etrangere Certificat de Bonne Conduite

Certificate of Good Conduct, in French, presented by Colonel Bouty of the 1st Regiment Foreign Legion of Infantry to Alfred Hofbauer, testifying to the latter's service with Honour and Loyalty. Dated 7 October 1940.

Alfred Hofbauer was born in 1913 in Vienna and found refuge in France and then Switzerland at the beginning of World War II. He left the safety of Switzerland to join the French Foreign Legion in 1939. He served through 1940.

The French Foreign Legion (Légion Etrangère) is a unique military unit of the French Army specifically for foreign nationals. Immediately before World War II, Czechs, Poles, Jews from Eastern Europe, and German Nazis fled to France and enlisted. The Legion had a small role in the war, taking part in Norweigian, Syrian, and North African campaigns.

Donated by Alfred Hofbauer

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