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    Our Friends Beneath the Sands: The Foreign Legion in France's Colonial Conquests 1870-1935 (Paperback) By (author) Martin Windrow

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    DescriptionEver since the 1920s the popular legend of the French Foreign Legion has been formed by P.C. Wren's novel BEAU GESTE - a world of remote forts, warrior tribes, and desperate men of all nationalities enlisting under pseudonyms to fight and die under the desert sun. As with all cliches, the reality is far richer and more surprising than this. In this book Martin Windrow describes desert battles and famous last stands in gripping detail - but he also shows exactly what the Foreign Legion were doing in North Africa in the first place. He explains how French colonial methods there actually had their roots in the jungles of Vietnam, and how the political pressures that kept the empire expanding can be traced to battles on the streets of Paris itself. His description of the Berber tribesmen of Morocco also reveals some disturbing modern parallels: the formidable guerrillas of the 1920s were inspired by an Islamic fundamentalist who was adept at using the world's media to further his cause. Martin Windrow's previous book THE LAST VALLEY received fabulous reviews across the English-speaking world. This unique book, which is the first to examine the 'golden age' of the Foreign Legion has followed suit.


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    Title
    Our Friends Beneath the Sands
    Subtitle
    The Foreign Legion in France's Colonial Conquests 1870-1935
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Windrow
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 784
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 50 mm
    Weight: 1,039 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753828564
    ISBN 10: 0753828561
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBW, JWH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HBX
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Abridged Dewey: 355
    LC classification: U
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY20
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE, CULT/SEASIN, CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Approval Code: A44093000, A41860000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    BIC subject category V2: 1DDF
    DC22: 355.3590944
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    BIC subject category V2: 1HBX
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHW, JWCS
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDF, 1HZTS
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    07 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in 1944 and educated at Wellington College, Martin Windrow is an Associate of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Foreign Legion Association of Great Britain. He has worked in publishing since the mid-1960s as a commissioning editor and author.
    Review quote
    'Exemplary...we get both the grim reality and the heart-pounding drama...a very exciting read.' -- Tim Newark FINANCIAL TIMES 'A detailed and fascinating trawl through the real history of this most romanticised of fighting forces.' CATHOLIC HERALD 'Proves that the reality which inspired the myths is every bit as captivating.' SUNDAY BUSINESS POST 'Brings a lost world alive ... a vivid and welcome piece of history writing' HISTORY TODAY