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

Simon and Schuster, 1 nov. 2010 - 752 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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Avis d'utilisateur  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

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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Avis d'utilisateur  - MsMixte - LibraryThing

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
Between Politics Diplomacy and the Cannon The Legion
Spain 18351839
The New Legion
La Casquette du Père Bugeaud
1915Trench Warfare and Mutiny
The Greatest Glory Will Be Here
New Legion Old Legion
The Invention of Tradition
Cause for HopeThe Legion in the Fall of France 1940
Question of CircumstancesThe 13e DBLE
A Fragile Unity
Masters of the BattlefieldThe Legion in Indochina

Corps Sans Passé et Sans Avenir
Mexico 18631867
The FrancoPrussian War and the Commune
The Initiation
Indochina The Invasion
A Second Fatherland
They Fought Like Unchained Demons The Legion in Dahomey
March or Die The Legion in Madagascar
The Monastery of the Unbelievers
The Mounted Companies
Squeezed Like a Lemon The War of Attrition 19511954
The Final Act Dien Bien
Priests of a Dead God The War in Algeria 19541956
The Battle of Algiers
The Road to Rebellion
The Balance Sheet

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