THE HISTORY OF THE
La Legion fitrangere
most enigmatic military forces. Created inFrance in 1831 by King Louis Philippe andimmediately posted to the scorching deserts ofAlgeria, it went on to become a unit renownedfor its strict discipline and its absolute disregardfor death in battle. Unlike most military unitsin the world, its ranks are open to foreigners,and traditionally it received many troubled orcriminal individuals fleeing from problems intheir own countries. Today, much has changed.The Legion now numbers just 8500 men, andis far more discriminating about who it recruits.Using an aggressive and arduous trainingprogramme, it has turned itself into one of theworld's true elites, a status it has reinforced inbattles of extraordinary courage and bloodshed.
THE HISTORY OF THE FRENCH FOREIGN
reveals the facts and reality behind thiscompelling organization. Its record in combat isdescribed in full, from the Legion's deploymentin the conquest of Algeria in the 1840s to itsrole as a peacekeeping force in the world'stroublespots today. The ascetic lifestyle of aLegionnaire is explored in depth, includingaccounts of training, punishments and theadjustment to becoming a member of the'family' of the Legion. Finally, a section isdevoted to the equipment and weaponry of theLegion units, including everything from thefamous dress uniform to the AMX 1ORC tank.Lavishly illustrated,
THE HISTORY OF THEFRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
is a fascinatingjourney into the world of a military unit that isunique in the history of men-at-arms.