From the archives of the British War Museum, a complete history of the most exciting and brutal fighting force in the world.
The French Foreign Legion has established a reputation as the most formidable of military forces. Created as a means of protecting French interests abroad, the legion spearheaded French colonialism in North Africa during the nineteenth century. Accepting volunteers from all parts of the world, the legion acquired an aura of mystery—and a less than enviable reputation for brutality within its ranks. Attracting recruits from all over the world, these new soldiers explain in their own words why they submitted themselves to such brutal training.Voices of the Foreign Legion looks at how the legion selects its recruits, where they come from, and why they seek a life of incredible hardship and danger. It also analyzes the legion’s strict attitude toward discipline, questions why desertion is a perennial problem, and assesses the legion’s military achievements since its formation in 1831. Its scope ranges from the conquest of the colonies in Africa and the Far East, through the horrors of the two World Wars, to the bitter but ultimately hopeless battles to maintain France’s imperial possessions.
Voices of the Foreign Legion cuts through the air of mystery and romance surrounding France's Foreign Legion to bring listeners firsthand accounts of what it's like to sign up, train, and fight in this notoriously tough unit. Military historian Adrian Gilbert has excerpted reports from the sound archive of Britain's Imperial War Museum (among other sources), which narrator Eric Brooks expertly brings alive in his deep, steady tones. From the colonial era until today, from the traumas of the battlefield to life in the barracks, Voices brings listeners closer to real life in the Foreign Legion than they are likely to get anywhere else.
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A good, if not amazing listen