At certain times we carry out forced marches. We leave for the south. Everyone must keep up. The man who remains in the rear risks death by starvation or being taken by Arab dissidents. After these marches, the number of stragglers is considerable. One must be strong to endure. This is the Darwinist survival of the fittest applied to the troops.
- Captain Morin de La Haye of the French Foreign Legion, 1886