The Spanish Foreign Legion

The Spanish Foreign Legion

Men-at-Arms 161
  • Author: John Scurr
  • Illustrator: Bryan Fosten
  • Short code: MAA 161
  • Publication Date: 15 Jun 1985
  • ISBN: 9780850455717
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

Although overshadowed by its French counterpart, the Tercio de Extrangeros, 'Regiment of Foreigners' has a rich and eventful history beginning with its formation in 1920. Under the command of LtCol Millán Astray and Comandante Francisco Franco, the Spanish Foreign Legion developed into a formidable force, led by Astray's belief that 'to die in combat is the greatest honour.' This book examines the main campaigns in which the Legion participated, from Melilla in 1921-23 until its withdrawal from the Sahara in 1976. A wealth of contemporary photographs and colour plates detail the uniforms and insignia of the Spanish Foreign Legion.

Biographical Note

John Scurr was born in Edinburgh in 1931. He studied at Boroughmiur Secondary School where he obtained a Scottish Higher Education Certificate. He was called for National Service from 1941-51, when he served in Malaya with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. In 1964 he settled into local government in London, from which he took early retirement in 1992. John Scurr has written three Osprey titles among a host of other books.Bryan Fosten was born in 1928, the son of a Master Military Embroiderer and a Court Embroidress. He served in the army in Egypt and Palestine and returned to follow the printing trade. Since 1973 he has devoted himself to military research and illustration. He is the founding editor of the magazine Tradition and has written and illustrated many books, often in collaboration with his late brother, Donald Fosten.

Contents

The Foundation: October 1920 Melilla: 1921-23 Xauen and Alhucemas: 1924-27 Asturias and the National Rising: 1934-36 Civil War in Spain: 1936-39 Ifni- Sahara: 1957-58 End of a Mission: 1961-76 The Plates

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