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by Pierre Dufour

Category: Military
Subcategory: History books
Author: Pierre Dufour
ISBN: 2840481308
ISBN13: 978-2840481300
Language: English French
Publisher: Heimdal (August 23, 2001)
Pages: 256
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Before World War 2, the French Foreign Legion comprised about 45,000 men and accepted just about anyone who walked through its . There are many reasons why recruits join the Legion. Some join for excitement and adventure.

Before World War 2, the French Foreign Legion comprised about 45,000 men and accepted just about anyone who walked through its gates, including criminals. Today’s Legion, comprising 8,000 Legionnaires from more than 100 different countries, is one of the best-trained fighting forces in the world. The Legion selects the very best of the thousands of men who apply to join every year. For others, the attraction is that they can change their names when they join or get French nationality after three years’ service.

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Légion étrangère, History, Regimental histories, World War, 1939-1945; Places: France; Times: 20th century.

The French Foreign Legion is a military service branch of the French Army established in 1831. Legionnaires are highly trained infantry soldiers and the Legion is unique in that it is open to foreign recruits willing to serve in the French Armed Forces. When it was founded, the French Foreign Legion was not unique; other foreign formations existed at the time in France. Commanded by French officers, it is open to French citizens, who amounted to 24% of the recruits in 2007.

Men of action and elite soldiers with a young and dynamic spirit, the French Foreign Legion are capable of doing their duty anywhere anytime. Martin Windrow's superb text examines the history of this famous force from the end of the Second World War onward

Men of action and elite soldiers with a young and dynamic spirit, the French Foreign Legion are capable of doing their duty anywhere anytime. Martin Windrow's superb text examines the history of this famous force from the end of the Second World War onward.

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This article lists the principal units of the French Foreign Legion created since 1831. Legion units are only cited once, based on their respective dates of creation. A dissolved Legion unit which is recreated under the same designation will only appear once. The last section of the list re-summarizes actual Legion units in service. French Foreign Legion (1st formation) - March 9, 1831. 2nd Foreign Legion (2LE) (2nd formation) - February 3, 1836. 1st Foreign Regiment - April 1, 1841.

Singapore Slovakia Slovakia 1939-1945 Slovenia Slovenia 1943–1991 (Socialist Republic - Constituent republic of Yugoslavia) Solomon Islands . english name French Foreign Legion. original name Légion étrangère. Engagé Volontaire, Legionnaire 2e Classe

Singapore Slovakia Slovakia 1939-1945 Slovenia Slovenia 1943–1991 (Socialist Republic - Constituent republic of Yugoslavia) Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South African Republic (Transvaal) South Sudan South-West Africa Spain Spain 1931-1939 (Second Republic) Sri Lanka Srpska Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Tibet Timor-Leste Togo Transcaucasus Transkei Trinidad and Tobago Trucial States Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks. Engagé Volontaire, Legionnaire 2e Classe. Legionnaire 1e Classe.

Published 2000 by Heimdal in Bayeux.

La Légion étrangère, 1939-1945 Foreign Legion. Published 2000 by Heimdal in Bayeux.

Initially a sad episode in the history of France, the Second World War was destined to give birth to one of the finest armies that country has ever had, and among the most characteristic troops from the period of the Foreign Legion. The backbone of the Army of Africa, the Legion went to war in 1939 with horses and mules, redolent of the "Beau Geste" image and ended the conflict riding on half-tracks and Sherman tanks. It is this story, punctuated by the great dates of the war and the legendary characters involved, which are emphasized in this volume in text and illustrations.A selection of previously unpublished documents takes take the reader from Sidi bel Abbes and the camps at Barcares where the foreign volunteers were enrolled, to the triumphant march into Germany and the bloody surprise on March 9th, 1945 in Indo China.The dark hours of 1940, the forgotten sacrifices of the defeat; St-Germain-sur-Meuse, the success at Narvik, and then the Armistice Army; Dakar and the campaign in Syria. The famous epic of the 13th DBLE and its commanders who entered in lefend: Montclar, Amilakvari, Brunet de Sairigné and Messmer, whose very names evoke Bir Hacheim, Italy, and Alsace. Then the rebirth of the French army and the bitter campaign in Tunisia, through to the beaches of Provence, the Liberation, Alsace and Germany with the famous Motorized Infantry Regiment of the Foreign Legion and Royal Etranger Cavalerie. Finally, the sacrifice of the 5th Regiment in Indo China.Pages of glory written in the indelible ink of bloodshed in battle.
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