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It is arguable that no group of fighting men in the history of European arms has been so misrepresented by ill-informed publicity as the French Foreign Legion. Though initially conceived in 1831 as a means of drafting recently discharged foreign soldiers to Algeria, the Legion has developed into a sophisticated force of motorized infantry, airborne troops and light armor. In this book, acclaimed French Army expert Martin Windrow examines the history and uniforms of the French Foreign Legion, from its service in the Carlist War of 1835-36 to World War II and beyond, debunking many of the prevalent myths surrounding this formidable force.

Table of Contents

Introduction · The Old Legion · Spain and the Carlist War, 1835-8 · Algeria, 1837-54 · The Crimea, 1854-6 · The Reduction of Kabylia · Italy, 1859 · Mexico, 1863-7 · France and Algeria, 1867-82 · Indo-China, 1883-95 · Dahomey and the Sudan, 1892 · Madagascar, 1895 · North Africa, 1890-1914 · The First World War · Africa, 1918-39 · Syria · The Second World War · Indo-China, 1941-54 · Algeria · The Legion Today · Colour plate commentary

Product details

Published Jun 15 1971
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 50
ISBN 9780850450514
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 17
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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