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History of the French Foreign Legion from 1831 to the Present Day
David Jordan (au)
Created in France in 1831, & posted to the deserts of Algeria, The French Foreign Legion went on to become a unit renowned for its cruel training regimen & its disregard for death in battle. Its ranks are open to foreigners, & it has received many criminal individuals fleeing from problems back home. Today, the Legion now numbers only 8,500 men, & is far more discriminating about whom it recruits. This book reveals: its history in combat, from its use in the conquest of Algeria in the 1840s to its role in the war against terrorism today; firsthand accounts of brutal training, cruel punishments, & adjust. to the French way of life; the recruitment & selection process; training to achieve technical & tactical excellence; & its superb equipment & weaponry. Color illus.
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