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French Foreign Legion

John Robert Young

French Foreign Legion

the inside story of the world-famous fighting force.

by John Robert Young

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Published by Thames & Hudson in London .
Written in English


ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22204566M
ISBN 100500273820

I remember this well from my own basic training with the legion in the winter of Louis Philippe in North Africa, In recent years the Legion has seen service in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as numerous wars and insurgencies across Africa; Struthers himself saw combat in Bangui, Central African Republic, and Brazzaville, Congo. A company led by Captain Jean Danjounumbering 62 Legionnaires and 3 Legion officers, was escorting a convoy to the besieged city of Puebla when it was attacked and besieged by three thousand Mexican loyalists, [23] organised in two battalions of infantry and cavalry, numbering 2, and respectively.

The first two stints of his career were in the Legion in Vietnam and Algeria. On 11 October two provisional battalions disembarked via sea at Toulonthe first time the Foreign Legion had been deployed in France itself. It attempted to lift the Siege of Paris by breaking through the German lines. The enemy had about deaths.

Others, like much of the expeditionary force, died from tropical diseases. The legion now shares its foreign postings with French regular units composed of equally capable professionals. Love C2C Journal? Pulp magazines[ edit ] Foreign Legion fiction was commonplace in American pulp magazines from the mids through the lates. Even the legend that the Legion asks no questions of its recruits gets deflated by Struthers. Indeed, the roughly 7, legionnaires are divided into rather conventional light infantry, light armor and engineering regiments that are employed principally in peace-keeping support operations, missions in which diplomatic restraint, rather than the martial aggression typically associated with the legion, is the principal attribute.


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French Foreign Legion book

During the —62 Algerian War, negotiators floated the idea of partitioning Algeria between Muslims and European Pieds-noirs, leaving the legion to defend the latter. The readers' editor will write about this in her weekly column on 27 April Also, Castelnaudary was misspelled and a timing was given at 5pm in the morning, rather than 5am.

The novels are rife with Legion traditions, terminology, and famous quotes. The French Foreign Legion has an unusual origin story. Legionnaires of European descent predominate, and Frenchmen remain well represented in the ranks, either because they seek to belong to an elite corps of the French army or because a criminal record makes them ineligible for service in regular French units.

But are they tougher than the troops of the U. Everywhere you looked, young men were running, marching, engaged in unarmed combat, jumping to orders, being screamed at in French, the only language permitted. These were written under pseudonyms such as Bruce Fenton, W.

Others, like much of the expeditionary force, died from tropical diseases. This would, he reasoned, legitimize the legion in the eyes of recruits, instill a sense of continuity with past generations and inculcate values and standards of behavior by making legionnaires custodians of supposedly hallowed practices.

The article also suggested that James accompanied his regiment on missions to Djibouti and the Central African Republic. The office that handled his contracts was located in Paris, France.

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The grizzled NCOs from North Africa charged with training this curious rabble of humanity were contemptuous of their idealism. PMCs have also branched out into intelligence, cyber security and aviation-support operations.

To replace the excitement of high-altitude jumping, Struthers learned to fly helicopters, specializing in high-risk or critical missions such as supporting the UN during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Paul Rollet worried that high casualties and a dearth of replacements would fold the legion French Foreign Legion book the Western Front — fortunately, the Hindenburg Line caved before the RMLE ran short of rifles.

Recruits included soldiers from the recently disbanded Swiss and German foreign regiments of the Bourbon monarchy. Any damage to a soldier's armor which allows the Venusian atmosphere inside results in his body literally boiling into vapor.

I am sweating under the weight of my body armour and the personal webbing that holds eight full magazines, four fragmentation grenades, two additional AC 58 grenades and water bottles.

Of these, 1, were from a single regiment of the Legion. The Foreign Legion's first service in Algeria came to an end after only four years, as it was needed elsewhere. To be selected to carry the hand of Danjou is a great honour. That was also untrue. Marlene Dietrich 's first Hollywood film, Moroccoshows her in love with a legionnaire, played by Gary Cooper.

Sign up for the Early Bird Brief - a daily roundup of military and defense news stories from around the globe. Approximately one-tenth of the officers are former noncommissioned officers NCOs.Books shelved as french-foreign-legion: Beau Geste by P.C.

Wren, The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam by Martin Windrow, Our F. Jul 10,  · He is a series editor at Osprey and an authority on the French Foreign Legion.

He is the author of the highly successful Men-at-Arms French Foreign Legion since and Men-at-Arms The French War in Indochina He is an Associate of the Royal Historical Society and of the Foreign Legion Association of Great Britain.

Nov 12,  · The word “foreign” in the name French Foreign Legion does not refer to faraway battlegrounds. It refers to the Legion itself, which is a branch of. The French Foreign Legion was created by Louis Philippe, the King of France, on 10 March from the foreign regiments of the Kingdom of atlasbowling.comts included soldiers from the recently disbanded Swiss and German foreign regiments of the Bourbon monarchy.

The Royal Ordinance for the establishment of the new regiment specified that the foreigners recruited could only serve outside Branch: French Army. A former Legionnaire's insight about how to join the famous French Foreign Legion. The book contains concise details on where to join (including addresses and tel numbers) the contract you are required to sign, a tranlsation of the contract, weapons and equipment, postings and pay scales, a typic.

The most prolific writer about the French Foreign Legion is Martin Windrow. Mr. Windrow is a long time commissioning and art director for the “Men at Arms” and “Elite” series for Osprey Publishing.

His most recent book is the phenomenal “Our Friends Beneath the .