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Légion étrangère


Koller, Christian (2019). Légion étrangère. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin. Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut.

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The French Foreign Legion of the colonial era was mainly deployed in extra-European areas and consisted of mercenaries on five-year contracts. The situation during World War I, however, was different: A large proportion of the Legion was not deployed on colonial soil, but on the Western Front and other European theatres of war. The “classical” mercenary Legionnaires fought alongside wartime volunteers who desired to fight for France, but often were rather unhappy to have to do so in the ranks of the infamous Foreign Legion.

Abstract

The French Foreign Legion of the colonial era was mainly deployed in extra-European areas and consisted of mercenaries on five-year contracts. The situation during World War I, however, was different: A large proportion of the Legion was not deployed on colonial soil, but on the Western Front and other European theatres of war. The “classical” mercenary Legionnaires fought alongside wartime volunteers who desired to fight for France, but often were rather unhappy to have to do so in the ranks of the infamous Foreign Legion.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Uncontrolled Keywords:Frankreich/Fremdenlegion, Weltkrieg (1914-1918)
Editors:Daniel Ute, Gatrell Peter, Janz Oliver, Jones Heather, Keene Jennifer, Kramer Alan, Nasson Bill
Language:English
Date:4 March 2019
Deposited On:16 Jul 2019 12:14
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:21
Publisher:Freie Universität Berlin. Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut
Series Name:1914-1918-online: international encyclopedia of the First World War
Number of Pages:4
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.15463/ie1418.11345
Official URL:https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/legion_etrangere

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