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|To conquer foreign lands — to seek out new enemies and new countries — to boldly go where no French soldier has gone before.|
Our first gathering this year. We thoroughly refreshed our knowledge of the drill, gave a new coating to our hats in order to stiffen them, repainted all our leather belts with a mixture of pipe clay and arabic gum, and cleaned and repaired also the other parts of our equipment.
The night was pleasant. Le Fleuri had a shave which attracted the interest of everybody. In the end, having paid a lot of attention|
to our leather belts, we just looked brilliant in our culottes and gaiters. Our sergent Rôtisseur was very pleased.
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