French Foreign Legion Paratroopers


Elite No. 6

By: Martin Windrow, W. Braby
Illustrated by: Kevin Lyles

Supplied by: Waterstones

Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9780850456295
Published: 26/09/1985
RRP / Print Price: £12.99

Current purchase price:
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French Foreign Legion Paratroopers

The decision, in Spring 1948, to form two battalions of Foreign Legion paratroopers was prompted by the requirement for enlarged airborne forces in the First Indochina War (1946), and the healthy recruitment then employed by the Legion. There were some initial doubts. The Legion were known to be magnificent heavy infantry, but were felt by some to lack the flexibility and agility demanded by independent airborne operations. In the Legion itself there were some misgivings over the possible clash between the self-consciously exclusive 'para mentality', and the Legion's own very marked esprit de corps. Over time, however, all these doubts evaporated with experience.

 

 




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