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.
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Table of 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