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Our Friends Beneath the Sands: The Foreign…

Our Friends Beneath the Sands: The Foreign Legion in France's…

by Martin Windrow

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Very, very in depth history, but perhaps surprisingly, not really focused on the French Foreign Legion. It's more about the history of French colonial military operations, with an emphasis on those in which the Legion were involved. Unfortunately, it's a bit dull at times, especially when dealing with the political aspects. Also it maintains a "50,000 foot" view of many of the operations which makes it dry as well. Not as well written and balanced as his "The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam". Still, overall it's a pretty good book, but really aimed at the more serious reader. ( )
  jztemple | Mar 17, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0297852132, Hardcover)

Thanks to countless films and books, an entire mythology surrounds the French Foreign Legion and the anonymous, desperate men who fought and died under the desert sun. But the reality is far richer, and Martin Windrow describes it in gripping detail, including the colonial missions in North Africa and Vietnam, the imperative to build empire, and the impact of Islamic fundamentalism.

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This book examines the 'golden age' of the French Foreign Legion in detail.

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