The French Foreign Legion: An Illustrated History

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McFarland, Apr 18, 2016 - History - 254 pages
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
2 The Foreign Legion at the Time of Napoléon III 18521871
31
3 Colonial Conquests 18721914
61
4 The Foreign Legion in World War I 19141918
89
5 The Foreign Legion Between World War I and World War II 19181939
114
6 The Foreign Legion in World War II 19391945
137
7 The Foreign Legion in Indochina 19451954
164
8 The Foreign Legion in the Algerian War 19541962
194
9 The French Foreign Legion from 1962 Until Today
218
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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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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