Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight for France and for Civilization

Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight for France and for Civilization

by David Hanna

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Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight for France and for Civilization by David Hanna

They volunteered for the French, but they were fighting for the future of civilization.

Before America joined World War I, a small group of Americans volunteered for the French Foreign Legion to help defeat the Central Powers. Historian David Hanna profiles seven of these volunteers: a poet, an artist, a boxer, a stunt pilot, a college student, a veteran of the Spanish American War, and an advertising executive. All seven men were united in courage; and some, like poet Alan Seeger, paid the ultimate sacrifice. Before he was killed in battle, Seeger penned the immortal words that inspired this book's title:

I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621573968
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 06/20/2016
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 561,647
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David Hanna teaches history at Stuyvesant High School in New York, and is an adjunct instructor at NYU. He is a recipient of the New York Times Teachers Make a Difference award.

Table of Contents

Prologue xv

Chapter 1 Belle Époque 1

Chapter 2 Eruption 31

Chapter 3 La Légion 49

Chapter 4 Chemin Des Dames 69

Chapter 5 Sans Peur Sans Pitié 95

Chapter 6 Escadrille Americaine 115

Chapter 7 Champagne 139

Chapter 8 Verdun 167

Chapter 9 Knights of the Air 189

Chapter 10 Rendezvous 229

Chapter 11 Hat in the Ring 253

Epilogue 281

Acknowledgments 287

Notes 291

Selected Bibliography 311

List of Illustrations and Sources 317

Index 323

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Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight for France and for Civilization 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NavalSpectator More than 1 year ago
A timely book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Brought to light some lesser known facts about WW I.
Green2171 More than 1 year ago
This is the finest kind of narrative history. Hanna propels the reader forward from a time of peace to really ghastly horrors. You feel like you're there.
Green2171 More than 1 year ago
This is the finest kind of narrative history. Hanna propels the reader forward from a time of peace to really ghastly horrors. You feel like you're there.