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An excellent work
on 25 July 2006
I'd had my eyes opened to the French Foreign Legion a couple of years ago, and bought the seminal "Legionnaire" by Simon Murray along with a couple of later accounts of life in 2e REP (the elite 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment). Reference was made in all works to battles at Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam, the village of Camaron in Mexico in the 19th Century (celebration of which is the Legion's big day, Camerone), Algeria and the disbanding of 1e REP in shame.
I wanted to get more background to these less-well-known stories: this book provided it. Douglas Boyd has made good use of Legion archives to create an informative, yet easily-readable book describing these events and much more. (That said, sadly Mr Murray's account of the disbandment of 1e REP was used as the main - and apparently the only - source of information on that subject.)
I don't think it will be too long before this book comes back out for another read. Excellent.