Voices of the Foreign Legion: The History of the World's Most Famous Fighting Corps

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - History - 288 pages
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The French Foreign Legion has built a reputation as one of the world’s most formidable and colorful military institutions. Established as a means of absorbing foreign troublemakers, the Legion spearheaded French colonialism in North Africa during the nineteenth century. Accepting volunteers from all parts of the world, the Legion acquired an aura of mystery and a less-than-enviable reputation for extreme brutality within its ranks.

Voices of the Foreign Legion explores how the Legion selects its recruits, their native lands, and why these warriors seek a life full of hardship and danger. It analyzes the Legion’s brutal attitude toward discipline, questions why desertion has been a perennial problem, and assesses the Legion’s remarkable military achievements since its formation in the year 1831. This is the real story of the Legion, featuring firsthand accounts from the men who have fought in its ranks. Its scope ranges from the conquest of the colonies in Africa and the Far East through the horrors of the two world wars, to the bitter, but ultimately hopeless, battle to maintain France’s far-flung imperial possessions. The story is brought fully up-to-date with accounts and anecdotes from those contemporary foreign legionnaires who continue to fight for French interests around the globe.
  

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User Review  - bookmarkaussie - LibraryThing

A good short history of the Foreign Legion. Divided into 3 parts I. The Making of a Legionnaire II. Life in the Legion and III. The Legion at War. I thought the best parts were the first two because ... Read full review

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User Review  - Billie - Goodreads

I enjoyed this look at one of the most fabled military formations of all time. A look at the Legion through the men who fought in the Legion. A fine look at the great battles from Camerone to Dien Bein Phu. Great tales of training and adventures of these soldiers who fought for France. Read full review

Contents

Crossing the Line
13
The Power of Tradition
25
Basic Training
36
Into the Legion
49
BarrackRoom Culture
67
The Legion on Campaign
90
Depression and Desertion
105
An Empire in Africa
121
The Second World War A House Divided
184
Tragedy in Vietnam
203
The End in Algeria
225
PostColonial Conflicts
237
Postscript
255
Appendix
258
Source Notes
261
Select Bibliography
276

The Conquest of Indochina
135
The First World War Death in the Trenches
148
The InterWar Years
174

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About the author (2010)

Adrian D. Gilbert is the bestselling author of POW: Allied Prisoners in Europe, 1939–45 and Sniper: The Skills, the Weapons, and the Experiences. He has contributed to military history documentaries on both the History Channel and the Discovery Channel and has written for a variety of publications, including the Sunday Times and the Guardian. His website is adrian-gilbert.co.uk.

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