» » Voices of the Foreign LegionThe French Foreign Legion in Its Own Words

Download Voices of the Foreign LegionThe French Foreign Legion in Its Own Words epub

by Adrian D. Gilbert

The French Foreign Legion has established a reputation as the most formidable of military institutions. Established as a means of absorbing foreign troublemakers, the Legion spearheaded French colonialism in North Africa during the nineteenth century. Accepting volunteers from all parts of the world, the Legion acquired an aura of mystery - and a less than enviable reputation for brutality within its ranks. "Voices of the Foreign Legion" looks at how the Legion selects its recruits, where they come from and why they seek a life of hardship and danger. It also analyses the Legion's 'robust' attitude to discipline, questions why desertion is a perennial problem and assesses the Legion's military achievements since its formation in 1831. This is the real story of the Legion, featuring first-hand accounts from the men who have fought in its ranks. Its scope ranges from the conquest of the colonies in Africa and the Far East, through the horrors of the two World Wars to the bitter but ultimately hopeless battles to maintain France's imperial possessions. The story is then brought fully up to date with accounts and anecdotes from those foreign legionnaires who continue to fight for French interests around the globe.
Download Voices of the Foreign LegionThe French Foreign Legion in Its Own Words epub
ISBN: 1845964098
ISBN13: 978-1845964092
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Adrian D. Gilbert
Language: English
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; paperback / softback edition (May 7, 2009)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1815 kb
FB2 size: 1149 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 276
Other Formats: mbr doc mobi txt

This book is compiled from the testimonies of men who served in The Legion. It does not continue the legends associated with this unit. Legends are often salted with hyperbole and imagination. The real Legion makes hyperbole inadequate and unnecessary. This book reveals the men, not super heroes, just men who are different than most of us. It also covers a lot of history that does not appear in text books. A darn good read.
I have been a FFL devotee since I read "Beau Geste". This is a very good book since it takes the stories of actual legionnaires and allows them to speak candidly and directly about their experiences in this most famous military unit.
Unexpected and very interesting
Little Devil
Interesting book book but it is made up from excerpts and quotations from other authors books about the ffl. I would know cause i read a few of them. I was essentially reading material i had read before. Lame and a wastd of time. I wanted to read original material.
Received the book quickly, and in good shape. Consistent with the description of the product.
Voices of the Foreign Legion by Adrian D. Gilbert

Thank you Net Gallery and David Haviland for an ARC of this ebook.

This is most definitely the World's Most Famous Fighting Corps. In this book we follow men that sign up for the French Legion, from boot camp which is so grueling, to the end of the war. I couldn't believe what these men went through just with the boot camp. They were fighting each other even before they went to war. You have to say that these are some very strong men. These soldiers went and fought and most died trying to fight to save the Country. I also can't believe what these men were thinking when they signed up for this duty. This book is very interesting, insightful and there is a lot of horror and death. I found it easy to read, well written, and God Bless everyone of these men for fighting for a better world.


#VoiceOfTheForeignLegion #NetGallery
Thank you to Goodreads for the opportunity to read and review this book. The French Foreign Legion is unique omong the world's militaries. It's use of only non-French in it's ranks makes for difficult situations during many conflicts. Loyalty to the Legion usually overcomes conflicts but during World War II the Legion was divided between Vichy and Free French. This book delves into those conflicts and many more using first hand accounts over the legnthy history of the Legion. Gilbert uses solid narrative to tie the diary entries together. This book is highly valuable to all students of today's military.