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Foreign Legion 1939-45

Foreign Legion 1939-45
Autor: J.F. Dufour
Data publikacji: 2001-12-00
ISBN: 9782840481300
Wydawca: HEIMDAL
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 30.4 x 22.1 x 2.2 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 256
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Opis produktu:

The French Army's contribution to WW2 is generally undervalued and this book covers the Foreign Legion's campaigns in Norway, the fall of France, North Africa, Italy and the liberation of France. It briefly describes the Legion in relation to the Vichy regime but glosses over the 1941 events in Syria, when Vichy and Free French legionnaires fought on opposing sides, and the catastrophic defeat by the Japanese in Indochina in 1945. Naturally the bulk of the text is in French but in an unusual concession for a French publisher, there's an English summary running in parallel which is about half the length. However, despite being translated by a native English speaker, this is riddled with typos and some serious dating errors which let it down badly. Fortunately the photos are interesting in any language but even here it's questionable as to whether 75 pages had to be devoted to facsimiles of various French WW2 documents, when they would have taken up half the space if reproduced as normal text. To sum up, this book is quite expensive for what it is, and the various Osprey volumes give a better English language account of the Legion's history.

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