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 established a reputation as the most formidable of military forces. Created as a means of protecting French interests abroad, 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 brutality within its ranks. Attracting recruits from all over the world, these new soldiers explain in their own words why they submitted themselves to such brutal training.

Voices of the Foreign Legion looks at how the legion selects its recruits, where they come from, and why they seek a life of incredible hardship and danger. It also analyzes the legion's strict attitude toward discipline, questions why desertion is a perennial problem, and assesses the legion's military achievements since its formation in 1831. 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 battles to maintain France's imperial possessions.
  

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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

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

User Review  - Raegan Butcher - Goodreads

The French Foreign Legion is one tough outfit. 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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