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At the edge of the world : the heroic century of the French Foreign Legion

Author: Jean-Vincent Blanchard
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The remarkable story of the French Foreign Legion, its dramatic rise throughout the nineteenth century, and its most committed champion, General Hubert Lyautey. An aura of mystery, romance, and danger surrounds the French Foreign Legion, the all-volunteer corps of the French Army, founded in 1831. Famous for its physically grueling training in harsh climates, the legion fought in French wars from Mexico to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Vincent Blanchard
ISBN: 9780802743879 0802743870
OCLC Number: 968690174
Description: vi, 262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: An early history of the Legion --
Algeria! --
1885 --
Le Cafard --
Oil slick --
Grim march --
In the Legion --
Beyond the desert --
Morocco that was --
Baraka --
Principles of war --
A quest for redemption --
Middle atlas --
The Rif on fire --
Beau travail! --
Epilogue: mon Legionnaire.
Responsibility: Jean-Vincent Blanchard.

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The author deftly captures the romance as well as the horror of life in the French Foreign Legion. Blanchard's style, broad knowledge of France, and scholarly research in the legion's archives make Read more...

 
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