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Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jul 2024 12:14 p.m. PST

While researching for "On To Abomey!--The Franco-Dahomeyan Wars Source Book," a contributor looking for FFL info came across this title, "A Life In The Legion," published in 1911, fairly rare as it's written in English by Frederic Martyn.

With chapters on food, health care, the various character types who join the Legion (from 16 to 50 in his experience), and pretty much a "tell all."

It may be viewed and downloaded free from here:

I believe Martyn's work is considered a classic, and many FFL Fans may already have it, but here is the original edition and for that best of prices--free!


Porthos09 Jul 2024 2:24 a.m. PST

Thank you, sir, you are a Gentleman !

Alakamassa09 Jul 2024 4:19 a.m. PST

I have read it. Some enlightening first-hand observations. I still think that Douglas Porch's THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE LEGENDARY FIGHTING FORCE, Harper Perennial, 1991 is the go-to source.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jul 2024 11:59 a.m. PST

I agree that Porch's work is the modern "go to," but contemporary first hand accounts always are where the nitty gritty may be found.

Indeed, such books are rather like Pompeii--snapshots of a world in time.



epturner09 Jul 2024 2:30 p.m. PST

Thank you TVAG!

Much appreciated.


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