The respected painter Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau joins the Legion Brigade to complete his training as a Legionnaire Sergeant (Voluntary Reservist). As already announced, Ferrer-Dalmau, the great battle painter, author of a unique work inside and outside the Spanish art scene, began his training as a Volunteer Reservist (RV) at CEFOT 2 in Camposoto on October 19th.
Once the general training (the fundamentals and rationale that every soldier must know) has been passed, it is the turn of the specific training (that of the target that the military is to occupy). Ferrer-Dalmau asked to enroll in the Legion and therefore his specific training will be nothing more than Legionnaires’ training and will be given in Viator (Almera) where the Brigade is located.
of the Legion. Before the painter left for the legionaries, we had the opportunity to speak to him:
Why did you join the Legion?
Well, in the first place because General Antonio Esteban, a good friend of mine, was the centenary
For me the Legion and rightly or wrongly we are there. Joking aside, in my fighting pictures I paint fights,
Armies, ships, horses, uniforms, weapons and, above all, soldiers: Spanish, English, French, American and Russian, known or unknown heroes, friends and enemies, who for me all deserve respect and admiration. But reality is what I really want my pictures to convey values and feelings beyond pictures: self-denial, willingness to make sacrifices, discipline, camaraderie, heroism, daring and, above all, belief in victory. The Legion is one of the units that cares most about its traditions and values. Come on, in the end everything leveled out, the Legion is the ideal unit and the centenary is the fair one
And why not? My maternal grandfather was a knight sergeant and also that Sergeant Ferrer-Dalmau sounds good.
Yes? Seriously, I believe that the non-commissioned officer is the backbone of the armies, an essential link between the officers and
the group. When fighting does break out, they are on the front lines and suffer the same punishments as their soldiers, but at the same time
to carry out an order that should not be easy at all under enemy fire.
And finally, what does a painter paint in La Legion?
Well I don’t know what I’m painting, but I know what I’m going to paint. Basically and before the end of the year, I intend to create a work dedicated to the centenary. I don’t want to discover a lot of details, but I pretend it’s the best I’ve done so far. I can also push for some of the Legion’s first combat actions and that, as in others
Sometimes I count on the collaboration of my friend Arturo Prez-Reverte to bring in his outstanding imagination. I would like to point out, however, that my connection with The Legion extends well beyond a specific project.
It’s a long-term adventure. I want to be part of the Legion, as they will say in Seville, with my art and above all with my desire to capture glorious episodes of our military history in pictures. The Legion is a unique force
but in my case you are no longer old enough to attack hills, even though you attack them as best you can when necessary, and may God distribute the luck. However, I don’t think the blood will reach the flow, so except with very, very great force, my work
in La Legion with its museum and historical-artistic fund. Right now my guns are brushes and my ammo are pigments. In short, I come to do what I do best, which is nothing but painting, and when I am activated as a legionnaire sergeant, I paint legionnaire episodes.
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