The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - 728 pages
The French Foreign Legion is a complete, captivating study of the famed fighting force, from its inception in 1831 to modern times. Historian Douglas Porch chronicles the Legion's involvement in Spain, Mexico, Indochina, Madagascar, WWI, Vietnam, and Algiers (to name a few) and delves into the inner workings of legionnaires and their captains. Known for draconian discipline and shrouded in mystery, the secrets of the Legion are guarded by those who have gained admittance into its elite society. In this thoroughly researched and impressive account, Porch reveals the mysteries surrounding a Legion of "unparalleled exoticism, pathos, and drama."
 

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Author Douglas Porch is a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School; his other books relate to Mediterranean and North African military history. The French Foreign Legion is an excellently researched ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Probably the book to read if one is interested in the French Foreign Legion. It's massive, though, so not exactly a beach read. Probably best for the military buff in the family. Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Le Plus Beau Corps de France
1
Betuveen Politics Diplomacy and the Cannon The Legion in Spain 18351839
22
The Neuv Legion
50
La Casquette du Père Bugeaud
70
Zaatcha
90
Corps Sans Passé et Sans Avenir
118
Mexico 18631867
137
The FrancoPrussian War and the Commune
163
New Legion Old Legion
382
The Invention of Tradition
410
Cause for HopeThe Legion in the Fall of France 1940
441
Question of CircumstancesThe 13 DBLE
465
A Fragile Unity
486
Masters of the BattlefieldThe Legion in Indochina
505
Squeezed Like a Lemon The War of Attrition 19511954
530
The Final ActDien Bien Phu
555

The Initiation
170
IndochinaThe Invasion
203
A Second Fatherland
219
They Fought Like Unchained Demons The Legion in Dahomey
245
March or DieThe Legion in Madagascar
268
The Monastery of the Unbelievers
289
The Mounted Companies
312
1915Trench Warfare and Mutiny
348
The Greatest Glory Will Be Here
364
Priests of a Dead GodThe War in Algeria 19541956
565
The Battle of Algiers
580
The Road to Rebellion
598
The Balance Sheet
617
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
635
SOURCE NOTES
637
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
695
INDEX
711
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Douglas Porch is a historian and a professor at the Naval Postgraduate Schoolin Monterey, California. He has been a professor of strategy at the Naval WarCollege and has lectured at the U.S. Army War College and the NATO DefenseCollege in Rome, Italy. He is the author of various books on military history,including The Conquest of the Sahara and The French Foreign Legion. He lives in Pebble Beach, California.

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