Susan Travers, the sole female in history to serve in the Foreign Legion

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  • Susan Travers (born Sept. 23, 1909, London - died Dec. 18, 2003, Paris) British-born adventurer who, was the only woman to serve (1945–47) in the French Foreign Legion. From 1941 Travers was attached to the Foreign Legion as a driver during the World War II campaign in North Africa (participated in the Battle of Bir Hakeim). She applied to join the Legion after the war (omitting her sex from the application) and served as a logistics officer until her resignation in 1947. Travers was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Military Medal (1956), and the Legion of Honour (1996). She published her memoirs, Tomorrow to Be Brave, in 2000.

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