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French Foreign Legion Paratroops
Category: Historical Books
Genre: Book - Reference - Historical, Book - Reference - Military
Product Line: Elite - 20th Century - Post World War II
Author: Martin Windrow, Wayne Braby
Publish Date: 2005
Pages: 64
Dimensions: 8x10x.25"
In Print: Yes
Condition: MINT/New    
NKG part # Mfg. part # Type Condition
2147638612 OSPELI006 ELI6 Softcover MINT/New

The decision, in Spring 1948, to form two battalions of Foreign Legion paratroopers was prompted by the requirement for enlarged airborne forces in Indochina, 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 Úsprit de corps. Over time, however, all these doubts evaporated with experience.

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