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The French Foreign Legion : a complete history of the legendary fighting force

Author: Douglas Porch
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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No other military force in the last century and a half has captured the popular imagination to such a degree or has been so surrounded by romance, legend, and mystery as the French Foreign Legion. This book is the most complete and balanced history of the Legion ever written.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Porch, Douglas.
French Foreign Legion.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, ©1991
(OCoLC)636912186
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Porch
ISBN: 0060166525 9780060166526 0060923083 9780060923082
OCLC Number: 22422703
Language Note: English.
Description: xxiii, 728 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. "Le Plus Beau Corps de France" --
2. "Between politics, diplomacy and the cannon" --
the legion in Spain, 1835-1839 --
3. The "new legion" --
4. La Casquette du Pere Bugeaud --
5. Zaatcha --
6. "Corps Sans Posse et Sans Avenir" --
7. Mexico, 1863-1867 --
8. The Franco-Prussian War and the commune --
9. The initiation --
10. Indochina --
the invasion --
11. "A second fatherland" --
12. "They fought like unchained demons" --
the legion in Dahomey --
13. "March or die!" --
the legion in Madagascar --
14. The monastery of the unbelievers --
15. The mounted companies --
16. 1914 --
17. 1915 --
trench warfare and mutiny --
18. "The greatest glory will be here" --
19. New legion, "old legion" --
20. The invention of tradition --
21. "Cause for hope" --
the legion in the fall of France, 1940 --
22. "Question of circumstances" --
the 13e DBLE --
23. A fragile unity --
24. "Masters of the battlefield" --
the legion in Indochina --
25. "Squeezed like a lemon" --
the war of attrition, 1951-1954 --
26. The final act --
Dien Bien Phu --
27. "Priests of a dead God" --
the war in Algeria, 1954-1956 --
28. The Battle of Algiers --
29. The road to rebellion --
30. The balance sheet.
Responsibility: Douglas Porch ; [maps by Paul Pugliese].

Abstract:

No other military force in the last century and a half has captured the popular imagination to such a degree or has been so surrounded by romance, legend, and mystery as the French Foreign Legion. This book is the most complete and balanced history of the Legion ever written.

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