The French Foreign Legion and Indochina in Retrospect
Prior to the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, the French Foreign Legion defended the Indochinese Union from 1883 through 1945 from frequent armed attacks launched from outside its borders as well as bloody inside uprisings. At that time, the Union consisted of Tonkin, Annam, Laos, Cambodia, and Cochin-China. Michael Kaponya shares his memoirs as a French Foreign Legionnaire who served in the infantry and participated in battles and countless skirmishes between 1949 and 1952 in Indochina. The French Foreign Legion and Indochina in Retrospect also outlines the politics that led America into the twentieth century wars in South-East Asia and provides readers with a greater understanding of the aftermath of the French presence and ensuing U.S. involvement. The French Foreign Legion and Indochina in Retrospect addresses an overview of the French Foreign Legion, since its foundation in 1831, that fought with Honneur et Fidelite countless battles, up to 1962, in Algeria, Spain, Morocco, Russia, Italy, Mexico, France, China, Dahomey (Benin), Soudan, Madagascar, Serbia, Syria, Tunisia, Norway, Egypt, Libya, Germany, and Indochina. It also unveils the spirit of the legionnaires, originating from many countries and inseparably unites under the French flag with the Latin motto Legio Patria Nostra (the Legion is our fatherland). This fascinating memoir details Michael's experiences during and post-World War II in Europe, which led him to join the French Foreign Legion. Gain a greater understanding of the Legion and its roles in crucial conflicts from this first-hand account.