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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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


Crossing the Line
The Power of Tradition
Basic Training
Into the Legion
BarrackRoom Culture
The Legion on Campaign
Depression and Desertion
An Empire in Africa
The Second World War A House Divided
Tragedy in Vietnam
The End in Algeria
PostColonial Conflicts
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The Conquest of Indochina
The First World War Death in the Trenches
The InterWar Years

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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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