Based on the events of May 1958 in France and Algeria, The Praetorians picks up in the footsteps of The Centurions, which was called “a stunning reflection of modern war” by Stanley McChrystal. After turning to tactics of guerilla warfare, a group of French paratroopers serving in the Algerian War is called to answer for actions they consider necessary, however immoral. Fearing another loss of French honor, they plot a coup that results in the return to power of Charles de Gaulle and the death of one of their own. With resonance to modern conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, The Praetorians further develops some of Lartéguy’s most persistent and pertinent themes: counterinsurgency, the ugly, morally conflicted nature of modern war, and the seemingly unbridgeable gulf between the experiences of soldiers and of the civilians they serve.
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About the Author
Alexander (Xan) Wallace Fielding (1918–1991) served as a special operations executive in the British Army in Crete, France, and Asia. The author of several books, he also translated French works including Pierre Boulle’s The Bridge over the River Kwai and Planet of the Apes.
Table of Contents
Foreword General Stanley McChrystal (U.S. Army, Retired) vii
Part 1 Morning in Algiers
1 Unpaid Leave 3
2 The Three Notes of the Toad of Saint-Gilles-de-Valreyne 18
3 The End of a Myth 31
4 The Parade at the République 61
5 The Mutiny at the Aletti 82
6 Week-end in Algiers 121
7 The Chouchouka of the 13th of May 145
8 That Morning Anything was Possible 185
Part 2 Night in the Adrar
9 The Faraway Princess 229
10 The Zaouia of Sheik Sidi Ahmou 255
11 An "Objective" Point of View 318
12 Sector Diary 332