The French Foreign Legion: An Illustrated History (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Dec 11, 2007 - History - 254 pages
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This book gives the reader a straightforward and continuous survey of the history of the French Foreign Legion. By outlining the Legion's vicissitudes, victorious campaigns, epic marches, heroic and sometimes hopeless stands, dirtiest combats and dramatic defeats, but also by briefly placing the Legion back in the historical background of France, and by describing its development, organization, uniforms, equipments and weapons, the author hopes to dispel myths, and try to give a true and accurate picture of what the French Foreign Legion has been from 1831 until today. There are well-researched, detailed line drawings throughout.
  

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Contents

1 CREATION AND EARLY CAMPAIGNS OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION 18311852
5
Spain 18351838
16
A New Legion in Algeria 18351857
20
2 THE FOREIGN LEGION AT THE TIME OF NAPOLEON III 18521871
31
Kabylia 1857
37
Italy 1859
39
Mexico 18621867
44
The Legion 18671870
54
Bir Hakeim
147
Tunisia
154
Italy
159
The End of the War
160
French Indochina in World War II
163
7 THE FOREIGN LEGION IN INDOCHINA 19451954
164
Warfare in Indochina
167
The Foreign Legion in the Indochina War
170

The FrancoPrussian War 1870
56
3 COLONIAL CONQUESTS 18721914
61
The Legion in Algeria 18721884
62
Indochina 18831918
67
Dahomey and Sudan 18921894
76
Madagascar 1895
80
The Legion at the Turn of the 20th Century
85
4 THE FOREIGN LEGION IN WORLD WAR I 19141918
89
Composition of the Foreign Legion in 1914
99
First Battles 19141915
102
Battles of the RMLE 19161918
104
The Foreign Legion on Other World War I Fronts
111
5 THE FOREIGN LEGION BETWEEN WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II 19181939
114
Morocco
115
The Legion at the Time of Lyautey
118
The Rif War 19251926
125
Syria 1925
130
The Legion 19261939
133
6 THE FOREIGN LEGION IN WORLD WAR II 19391945
137
The Norwegian Campaign
140
The Battle of France
142
The Foreign Legion and the Vichy Regime
144
The 13th DBLE in East Africa
145
Syria
146
Main Legion Battles in Indochina
174
De Lattres Pacification
185
Dien Bien Phu
187
Aftermath
193
8 THE FOREIGN LEGION IN THE ALGERIAN WAR 19541962
194
Military Aspects of the Algerian War
197
The Legion in Algeria
200
The Suez Crisis 1956
202
The Battle of Algiers 1957
204
Operations in the Sahara
206
The Battle of the Frontier 19571958
207
Challes Plan
209
The Putsch of April 1961
211
The End of the Algerian War
216
9 THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION FROM 1962 UNTIL TODAY
218
Legion Interventions
221
The Legion Today
225
Appendix 1 Ranks and Units
235
Le Boudin
237
Appendix 3 The Code of Honor
240
Appendix 4 If You Want to Join the French Foreign Legion
242
Bibliography
243
Index
245
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About the author (2007)

Historian, writer and illustrator Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage is the author of numerous books. His interests include World War II and medieval and French history. He lives in Groningen, Netherlands.

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