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French Foreign Legionnaire 1890-1914 [NOOK Book]

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As France emerged from the Franco-Prussian War she embarked on a period of active colonialism, acquiring territories in South-East Asia and Africa. By the turn of the century much of north, west and central Africa was under French control. In order to police all of these territories, the French needed an army and so the French Foreign Legion was born. In this book, world-renowned Legion expert Martin Windrow analyses what it would have been like to be a member of the French Foreign Legion and how the experience, ...

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French Foreign Legionnaire 1890-1914

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Overview

As France emerged from the Franco-Prussian War she embarked on a period of active colonialism, acquiring territories in South-East Asia and Africa. By the turn of the century much of north, west and central Africa was under French control. In order to police all of these territories, the French needed an army and so the French Foreign Legion was born. In this book, world-renowned Legion expert Martin Windrow analyses what it would have been like to be a member of the French Foreign Legion and how the experience, equipment, tactics and training of the Legion developed in the 80 years between their foundation and the outbreak of the First World War. He investigates their glory years in North Africa and Indochina, and draws extensively on memoirs from two British legionnaires, peppering the text with extraordinary first-hand accounts of the French Foreign Legion.

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"This book is a must for anyone who is simply interested in the Legion’s history as well as toy soldier and model figure hobbyists seeking inspirations for miniature recreations. -Leo Winston, Toy Soldier & Model Figure
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849089401
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Series: Warrior , #157
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 876,747
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Martin Windrow is series editor at Osprey and an authority on the post-war French army, particularly the Foreign Legion. He is the author of the very successful Men-at-Arms 300: French Foreign Legion since 1945, and Men-at-Arms 322: The French War Indochina War 1946-54, and the critically acclaimed The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam (2004).
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