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The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force
     

The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force

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by Douglas Porch
 

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The French Foreign Legion is a complete, captivating study of the famed fighting force, from its inception in 1831 to modern times. Historian Douglas Porch chronicles the Legion’s involvement in Spain, Mexico, Indochina, Madagascar, WWI, Vietnam, and Algiers (to name a few) and delves into the inner workings of legionnaires and their captains. Known

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The French Foreign Legion is a complete, captivating study of the famed fighting force, from its inception in 1831 to modern times. Historian Douglas Porch chronicles the Legion’s involvement in Spain, Mexico, Indochina, Madagascar, WWI, Vietnam, and Algiers (to name a few) and delves into the inner workings of legionnaires and their captains. Known for draconian discipline and shrouded in mystery, the secrets of the Legion are guarded by those who have gained admittance into its elite society. In this thoroughly researched and impressive account, Porch reveals the mysteries surrounding a Legion of “unparalleled exoticism, pathos, and drama.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616080686
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
333,308
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Porch is a historian and a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has been a professor of strategy at the Naval War
College and has lectured at the U.S. Army War College and the NATO Defense
College in Rome, Italy. He is the author of various books on military history,
including The Conquest of the Sahara and The French Foreign Legion. He lives in Pebble Beach, California.

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The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tremendous work. The author has done a fine job laying out the history and culture of the legion. The research is complete, and the prose captivating. For sheer readability, I'd liken this book to "Strong Men Armed" by Robert Leckie.
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