THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION by Wyatt Blassingame
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THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION

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An understanding survey of a unique outfit details organizational history and special characteristics so that a clear well-defined portrait is drawn. Classifying the Legion's aims and esprit de corps, Mr. Blassingame explains the mystery of these men who dedicate their life to fighting and their love to the Legion by stating the concepts of courage, sacrifice and defeat that are at the heart of their traditions. That a man be brave first and foremost perhaps accounts for the scant attention paid to identity and age. Moving then into history there are succinct records of Legion activities from their start as an excuse to invade North Africa in 1830, on through the famous Mexican battle of Cameroue- a kind of Legion ""Alamo"" - up to the present.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1955
Publisher: Random House