The Damned Die Hard
Bantam Books, 1992 - 300 pages
The vivid history of the French Foreign Legion--from the deserts of North Africa to the jungles of Vietnam. Created by King Louis Phillipe in 1831 to fight in conquest of Algeria, the Foreign Legion has been comprised ever since of society's misfits: refugees, criminals, and poets. Here is the story of the infamous fighting unit that has become the stuff of legends.
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