On 30 April 2013 we drove to Donaueschingen, the city where the Donau/Danube River begins. It is about an hour and half's drive southeast of us and east of the Rhine River that flows along Germany's western border with France. The legionnaires have veteran associations in five cities in Germany that form the 110th Regiment d'Infanterie; along with Donaueschingen, they are Freiburg im Breisgau, Kassel, Dortmund, Frankfurt-Mainz and Stuttgart. The FFL headquarters is in France and, of course, legionnaires are based throughout that country.
An interesting fact is that about 40 per cent of all French Foreign Legionnaires come from Germany. When our friend Heinz Duchardt served, 70 per cent were Germans, most of them prisoners of war during World War II. Heinz is now over 80 years old.
Blutwurst in a bowl at the table in 2012