The french foreign legion is a complete, captivating study of the famed fighting force, from its inception in 1831 to modern times. I do not claim anything on it, just paying tribute to these men. French foreign legion in afghanistan compilation youtube. The author describes how, with no french language ability, he approached recruiters for the french foreign legion in paris and the demanding selection process that followed. The foreign legion was loaned by napoleon iii to the crown of mexico for this purpose. Sep 17, 2015 four former soldiers from the french foreign legion have gone on trial in paris accused of causing the death of a fellow recruit during a gruelling desert exercise, in a case that has exposed the. It could always be worse like in the french foreign legions four month basic training.
The tigers of tonkin the history of the french foreign legion in indochina 18831945. I thought it was a good read set in the algerian war and gives some good in sight to the legion. Historian douglas porch chronicles the legions involvement in spain, mexico, indochina, madagascar, wwi, vietnam, and algiers to name a few and delves into the inner workings of legionnaires and their captains. The author is very good at explaining military and technical issues in a way that lay people can understand and appreciate. The french foreign legion in afghanistan kicking talibans ass and having fun too. The french foreign legion counts several irish soldiers among its ranks. Mar 01, 2014 a nice slideshow of pictures taken not only in afghanistan in 2009, by a legionnaire from the 2nd foreign engineer regiment 2e reg of the french foreign legion. The mysterious lure of the french foreign legion keeps drawing.
Accurate enemy heavy machine gun fire can be seen impacting all around the troops. A part of the war in afghanistan, it involved a force of 1,100 troops, including. A long shelf of books at the libraryor at least at a good university library, such as the one i sit in every day, staring at a horribly blank pagedeal with the legion, its history, character, and traditions. French foreign legion takes casualty, heavy fighting in. The french foreign legion, a military unit established in 1831, was created for foreign nationals of any.
The french foreign legion conducts combat operations in afghanistan to root out taliban insurgents in support of oef. Afghanistan as soon as the french foreign legion moved in this summer. French foreign legion legionaries from 2rei during an intense fire fight in afghanistan 2009. The most prolific writer about the french foreign legion is martin windrow.
Known for its austerity and discipline, deprivation and sacrifice, the french foreign legion is perhaps the most intriguing and famous fighting force in the world. See more ideas about french foreign legion, special forces and french army. Disclaimer this footage is part of an war archive of the war in afghanistan and should be viewed as educational. At 3 years old, a video was made about me, which you can see here, which showed my behaviors at its worst. Primarily to allow former soviet union citizens to return to russia, but also allow people from all over the world. For nearly two centuries, adventure seekers or men on the run from all around the globe have found a home in the foreign legion and shed blood for france. Legionnaires serve in five year increments, and after honorable completion of that term, are given french citizenship. The french foreign legion and the men who made it glorious by geoffrey bocca and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Nov 01, 2009 this is a very rare and fascinating account of life as a modern day legionnaire. French foreign legion infantry and cavalry since 1945 by martin windrow and mike chappell. I have a policy, i never encourage people regarding enlistment in the french foreign legion. He is the author of the highly successful menatarms 300.
Has the french foreign legion been fighting in iraq and. How else can one explain the fact that the french foreign legion is heavily overrecruited. The newly elected president francois hollande, announced in june 2012 that he would be withdrawing 2,000. French foreign legion takes casualty, heavy fighting in afghanistan. In boyds book, we have a wellwritten, wellresearched examination of the legion, from its inception nearly two centuries ago to the present. French foreign legion, french legion etrangere, an elite military force originally consisting of foreign volunteers in the pay of france but now comprising volunteer soldiers from any nation, including france, for service in france and abroad. His most recent book is the phenomenal our friends beneath the sands published by orion publishing company. I was born in 2005, and only 20 months later, was diagnosed with autism. The death brings to fiftyone the number of french soldiers fallen in afghanistan since late 2001. Fabled foreign legion finds a new war to fight world news.
I found the book really interesting, exciting, amusing and sad. The marine corps, counterinsurgency, and americas answer to the. Sep 11, 2008 currently, regular french forces are in afghanistan, but that is likely to change. In july 2019, a new book dedicated to the french foreign legion and its history was released. French foreign legion in afghanistan adjutant chef alex ro. Mar 31, 2016 there have been dozens of books written about the french foreign legion, and probably hundreds of novels, but many of those nonfiction books were as accurate as their fictional counterparts. Aug 30, 2010 the french foreign legion is an extraordinary and unique army, specifically created for foreign nationals wishing to serve in the french armed forces, but commanded by french officers. A hungarian legionnaire from the french foreign legion stops an afghan man. Fighting for the french foreign legion posted on october 7, 2015 by msw like the 7th cavalry, the waffen ss or the special air service the french foreign legion is one of those iconic be that through fame or infamy military units that most students of military history know something about. Not within the last 20 but you could try legionnaire. Historian douglas porch chronicles the legion s involvement in spain, mexico, indochina, madagascar, wwi, vietnam, and algiers to name a few and delves into the inner workings of legionnaires and their captains. He is an associate of the royal historical society and of the foreign legion association of great britain.
No 300 in the menatarms series is a special expanded one profiling the legion s rise to a peak strength of 30,000 in indochina, its pivotal role in algeria and its part in many postwar overseas expeditions. Best books on indochina french indochina war 194554. They have mostly stayed in the west part of the country, and have not been involved in combat roles, until recently, when 10 french soldiers were killed. One of maximilian is conditions for the acceptance of the mexican throne was the provision of a corps of 10,000 european soldiers. He is the author of various books on military history, including the conquest of the sahara and the french foreign legion. A2a, here is an indian legionnaire serving in afghanistan. Mitchell, an irish amateur historian and a wellknown foreign legion insignia collector. From the deserts of morocco to the jungles of vietnam, the legion has a welldeserved reputation for extraordinary bravery and fighting ability in the worst of battlefield conditions. The french foreign legion was originally established in anticipation of a prolonged. The legionnaires ended up taking at least one casualty.
For 170 years, jobless, homeless and loveless men have found in the legion a sense of purpose worth all the rigors and risks of serving in the worlds longeststanding mercenary army. Fighting for the french foreign legion weapons and. Russia has started its own new foreign legion as of 2015. The creation of the second mexican empire was the impetus for an expansion of the french foreign legion.
Fighting for the french foreign legion by alex lochrie. Fabled foreign legion finds a new war to fight world. They train at the 4th foreign infantry regiment near castelnaudary, a country town in southern france. He has portrait soldiers from the 1st section les aigles the eagles of the 2nd reg regiment etranger du genie, serving with the infamous french foreign legion at forward operating base tagabkutschbach near tagab in kapisa province, afghanistan 2011. This is what basic training in the french foreign legion. Forcesfrench foreign legionroyal marinesfrench armyusmcafghanistanwarfare. Feb 06, 2017 archive video about the french foreign legion army. The first four weeks are an introduction to military life. The mysterious lure of the french foreign legion keeps drawing americans. Legionnaires are highly trained infantry soldiers and the legion is unique in that it is open to foreign recruits willing to serve in the french armed forces. Tora, afghanistan as soon as the french foreign legion moved in this summer, some of the men climbed on the roof of the base headquarters and painted the forces latin motto in big white letters. Established in 1831 as an elite corps of foreigners willing to take up arms for france, its as secretive as it. Jul 01, 2010 the french foreign legion is an extraordinary and unique army, specifically created for foreign nationals wishing to serve in the french armed forces, but commanded by french officers. Video taliban afghanistan firefights shock and awe guns and weapons combat.
French foreign legion in afghanistan g e a r d o s h i t. The hard truth about the foreign legion by max hastings the. The french foreign legion is a wing of the french army that is unique because it is composed mainly of foreign nationals that are willing to fight for france. Score a books total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Comprised primarily of nonnative french individuals who want to serve in the french military, they are considered one of the toughest branches of. Lawrence writes with an easygoing fluidity of his life in the french foreign legion, particularly the 2 rep.
Hello, im levi farnum, and i am a kid diagnosed with autism. In february 2012, after an afghan soldier shot and killed four french soldiers in eastern afghanistan, french president nicolas sarkozy threatened to suspend french operations in afghanistan. Created as a temporary expedient in a french army that otherwise barred foreigners from serving in. Forcesfrench foreign legionroyal marinesfrench armyusmcafghanistan warfare. For nearly two centuries adventure seekers or men on the run from all around the globe have found a home in the foreign legion and shed blood for france. As specified by the ministry of defence, the foreign legion officer, whose regiment was based in santchristol, vaucluse participated in a joint mission of the international force for security assistance isaf and the afghan national army. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive 15% off your. The french foreign legion teaches the french language to every recruit, regardless of their national origin or linguistic aptitude. The legion of extraordinary gentlemen the irish times. Are there other foreign legions similar to the french foreign. French foreign legion combat operations in afghanistan. French foreign legion reference guide mon legionnaire. The french foreign legion is commonly portrayed in literature as a refuge for the wronged, as well as scoundrels and fugitives from justice. This is in contrast to the wars in iraq and afghanistan, where only a small portion.
In an age when most of the worlds armies strive to. Aug 22, 2016 french special operations troops are already in action in libya, syria and iraq after president francois hollande declared war on the jihadist group but there are calls growing for the legion of. French foreign legion since 1945 and menatarms 322. Established in 1831, the french foreign legion is a unique branch of service. French foreign legion in afghanistan adjutant chef alex rowe, b 11nov 1966, a britishborn member of the french foreign legion centre, looks out over the hills of surobi, kabul province, afghanistan. Best books about the french foreign legion from the. This book gives the reader a straightforward and continuous survey of the history of the french foreign legion. Read more nice pictures from afghanistan and other places. Sep 19, 2016 video shows a platoon of french foreign legion from the 2nd foreign parachute regiment in a heavy gun battle with the taliban in afghanistan.
Nov 01, 2010 the french foreign legion is a complete, captivating study of the famed fighting force, from its inception in 1831 to modern times. Eight years after its involvement in afghanistan began, the u. The french foreign legion engaging taliban fighters in afghanistan and having some fun too. The literary life of the french foreign legion publishing. By outlining the legions vicissitudes, victorious campaigns, epic marches, heroic and sometimes hopeless stands, dirtiest combats and dramatic defeats, but also by briefly placing the legion back in the historical background of france, and by describing its development. I served with the french foreign legion in afghanistan and. French foreign legion in popular culture wikipedia. Windrow is a long time commissioning and art director for the men at arms and elite series for osprey publishing. Archive video about the french foreign legion army. Is there any indians who worked in french foreign legion. He is a series editor at osprey and an authority on the french foreign legion.657 740 1514 547 1167 830 882 686 796 1290 178 562 37 1020 1453 192 112 21 288 89 1450 206 171 346 1411 890 1307 416 1382 854 285 1524 1116 118 895 878 1174 838 781 96 1106 1443 465 1424