The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force

The French Foreign Legion A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force The French Foreign Legion is a complete captivating study of the famed fighting force from its inception in to modern times Historian Douglas Porch chronicles the Legion s involvement in Spain

  • Title: The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force
  • Author: Douglas Porch
  • ISBN: 9780060923082
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Paperback
  • The French Foreign Legion is a complete, captivating study of the famed fighting force, from its inception in 1831 to modern times Historian Douglas Porch chronicles the Legion s involvement in Spain, Mexico, Indochina, Madagascar, WWI, Vietnam, and Algiers to name a few and delves into the inner workings of legionnaires and their captains Known for draconian disciplinThe French Foreign Legion is a complete, captivating study of the famed fighting force, from its inception in 1831 to modern times Historian Douglas Porch chronicles the Legion s involvement in Spain, Mexico, Indochina, Madagascar, WWI, Vietnam, and Algiers to name a few and delves into the inner workings of legionnaires and their captains Known for draconian discipline and shrouded in mystery, the secrets of the Legion are guarded by those who have gained admittance into its elite society In this thoroughly researched and impressive account, Porch reveals the mysteries surrounding a Legion of unparalleled exoticism, pathos, and drama.
    What ever happened to the French Foreign Legion So, the answer is that the French Foreign Legion away Each year thousands of hasn t gone young men appear at legion recruiting stations throughout France Units now serving in Kosovo, Chad, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Mayotte, French Guiana and Djibouti have participated in many post Cold War peace enforcement missions. French Foreign Legion French Foreign Legion History Facts Britannica French Foreign Legion, French Lgion trangre, an elite military force originally consisting of foreign volunteers in the pay of France but now comprising volunteer soldiers from any nation, including France, for service in France and abroad Created as a temporary expedient in a French French Foreign Policy Ministry for Europe and Foreign Jean Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, took part in the Foreign Affairs Council by videoconference on March the meeting largely focused on the European and international response to the COVID crisis. Before Joining the French Foreign Legion Things You Aug , Whatever your reason, you have found the French Foreign Legion, the only place in the world for second chances Rather than hearing from a writer who Joining French Foreign Legion Information The French Foreign Legion accepts recruits from all over the world The Foreign Legion s recruiting centers should be open yes, all year long officially However, whatever is stated on the Legion s official website, enlisting in the Legion during Monday to Friday between AM PM

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      Douglas Porch

    About Author

    1. Douglas Porch is an American historian, academic and a Professor and former Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs for the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 1967 and a Ph D from Cambridge University in 1972 He has been a professor of strategy at the Naval War College, a guest lecturer at the Marine Corps University, a post doctoral research fellow at the cole Normale Sup rieure in Paris and the Mark W Clark Professor of History at The Citadel.

    One thought on “The French Foreign Legion: A Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force

    1. One of my favorite books, superbly researched and well written, and unbelievably funny at times This is the model for what an institutional history should be for any military organization.


    2. Thorough, but over writtenAn exhaustively documented history that is overly wordy as a result Much is stated and re stated that could be succinct Nonetheless as presents a rich picture of the FFL.


    3. Possibly the best history of the French Foreign Legion ever written It is neither a glorification of the Legion s exploits, nor is it a condemnation of its shortfalls It is an evenhanded treatment of the Legion s accomplishments, failures, traditions and its unique style of producing fighting men, who fight not for France, but for the Legion Porch s writing style is eminently readable and not in the least dry as many military historians can be.


    4. The book is an excellent history of the Legion from its beginnings to just before the first Gulf War the Legion has been one the best fighting forces in history Also one the most devastated from Mexico to Bir Hakeem to Dien Bien Phu The book did temper the romanticism I held the Legion, but all in all a Good read for those interested in the subject.


    5. An exhaustive and sometimes exhausting history of that legendary offshoot of France s military establishment As befitting a book which clocks in at 744 pages, Porch covers every angle of the Legion s establishment, growth, mid life crises and decline and never hides the glories and hells through which it and the polyglot group of many nationalities that comprise it lived and fought He doesn t shirk from praise and certainly not from laying blame for failures both on the incompetence of commander [...]


    6. Long, extensively researched Can get repetitious discussing desertion, etc Unfortunately ends in the 1960 s and doesn t cover modern events.


    7. This legendary fighting force has no equal Their reputation is well earned Their march through history has been with bloody foot prints A great read.


    8. Wow, I finished it A very detailed history of the French foreign Legion It was slow in parts but very informative.


    9. Porch presents an academic study of the French Foreign Legion which is comprised of foreigners serving in France s military While fairly comprehensive, drawbacks includes the extensive use of French terms and a tendency to use large words The historic facts are informative though the work is a difficult read for the average person.


    10. Well written, deeply researched history of the famous fighting force Chapters covering the Legion s early exploits in the 1830s and 1840s were a bit slow, but the pace picked up as the narrative moved into the 20th century The final part of the book, covering the Legion s exploits in Indochina and Algeria, was actually the most interesting Recommended for serious readers of history.





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