French Foreign Légionnaire 1890–1914

French Foreign Légionnaire 1890–1914 cover

French Foreign Légionnaire 1890–1914

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Following the close of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) and the establishment of the Third Republic, France embarked upon a new wave of colonialism, acquiring addition territories in Southeast Asia, including Tonkin and Annam which, together with Cambodia and Cochinchina, formed French Indochina. In North Africa their influence increased, with Tunisia acquired as a protectorate in 1881, until by the turn of the century much of North, West and Central Africa was under their control. France needed and army to police these new territories, and one of then most important elements of their colonial establishment was the French Foreign Legion. Originally founded in 1830, the Legion saw some its finest hours in North Africa and Indochina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and it is this period of the legions' history that has been immortalized in popular culture in works such as Beau Geste. Drawing on memoirs and other period sources, this book covers a wide range of environments and types of action and will be a valuable reference to any scholar of the legionnaires.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Recruitment /Training /Appearance /Life in peacetime /Belief and belonging /Life on campaign /The experience of battle /The aftermath of battle /Museums /Select bibliography /Index

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Published Aug 23 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781849084222
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 39 b/w; 7 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 157
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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