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French Foreign Legion: Infantry and Cavalry since 1945 by Martin Windrow, Mike Chappell

By Martin Windrow, Mike Chappell

Males of motion and elite infantrymen with a tender and dynamic spirit, the French international Legion are able to doing their accountability wherever each time. Martin Windrow's really good textual content examines the heritage of this recognized strength from the tip of the second one global conflict onward. this primary classification addition to the Men-at-Arms sequence not just comprises the standard wealth of accompanying images and illustrations, together with 8 complete web page color plates by means of Mike Chappell, yet is prolonged through a different sixteen pages, permitting the writer to show the complete variety of his professional wisdom, together with eleven pages dedicated to uniforms.

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1959 The basic M1946 tenue de sortie - walking-out dress, to which parade embellishments were added, and which remained in use until 1979 - was this khaki wool battledress worn over a khaki drill shirt and green Legion tie. The blouse had an open notched collar, two pleated pockets, and a waist band secured to the right with a buttoned half-belt; the anodised buttons were still essentially of the Legion's 1875 pattern. The trousers lacked visible leg pockets. The sleeve écusson (often seen with a regimental number in the 'bomb' before about 1962) and rank and re-enlistment chevrons were as described above.

1977, new RILE (see 2 e REI above) formed at Castelnaudary, inheriting lineage of 4 e REI; retitled in J u n e 1980 as 4 e RE. Currently at Quartier Danjou, Castelnaudary. Tasked with all Legion basic, N C O , technical a n d specialist training; subordinate to COMLE; in wartime, reinforces 14 e DLB. Basic training, including instruction in French language, lasts 16 weeks. Promising candidates may progress to further n i n e weeks training for corporal, then 15 weeks for sergeant. CCS; NCO Training Co.

Not necessarily Legion, attached temporarily. 4 e REI/RE Moved July 1962 to southern Algerian oilfields a n d nuclear facility; absorbed 2 e a n d 3 e CSPLs, April 1963. Disbanded April 1964, remaining effectives passing to 2 e REI. Sept. 1977, new RILE (see 2 e REI above) formed at Castelnaudary, inheriting lineage of 4 e REI; retitled in J u n e 1980 as 4 e RE. Currently at Quartier Danjou, Castelnaudary. Tasked with all Legion basic, N C O , technical a n d specialist training; subordinate to COMLE; in wartime, reinforces 14 e DLB.

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