"He will be as well off here as anywhere else this side of Sidi-bel-Abbes"

Sidi-bel-Abbes is an agricultural centre in an area in Algeria rich in vineyards, market gardens, orchards and grain fields. It was also the spiritual home of the French Foreign Legion, the location of its basic training camp and the headquarters of its 1st Foreign Regiment. Named after a Muslim Holy Man who is buried there, the town is surrounded by a wall with four gates and there is also a university there.

French Foreign Legion in Algeria, c.1958
Public DomainFrench Foreign Legion in Algeria, c.1958 - Credit: Richard Bareford
Simon Murray's book Legionnaire is an excellent account of the Foreign Legion's last months in Algeria.