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Camerone: The French Foreign Legion's Greatest Battle [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary Rohmer , James Ryan
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"What the Alamo is to Texans, Camerone is to the French Foreign Legion. [This is] an epic of bravery masterfully recreated by James W. Ryan."-Bernard E. Trainor, Lt. Gen. USMC (Ret.) Director, National Security Program JFK School of Government, Harvard University

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The story of the French Foreign Legion's greatest battle.


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1637 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (March 30 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000QXDAIU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legion Etrangere! July 4 2004
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Format:Hardcover
Men have fought in many guises and in many places for their honor, for that of their comrades and for a cause, regardless of cost, something civilians don't seem to understrand. Belleau Woods was such a battle against overwhelming fire power, as was Normandy, Iwo Jima, Hue City, and Khe Sahn.
One such battle that cost the lives of those defending was fought at the Alamo Mission in San Antonio de Bexar, Texas, in 1836, where some 83 Texicans fough for independence against the overwhelming odds of Santa Ana's army - some 5,000 strong. Another desperate battle, strangely enough against overwhelming Mexican odds of some 2,000, was that fought in 1863 by a battered company of 62 French Foreign Legionnaires at Cameron, about 30 miles from Vera Cruz.
The 62 Legionnaires fought galiantly to the last, killing an estimated 500 Mexican soldatos and guerrilleros during their stand. The last act of bravery, when their ammunition ran out, was a bayonet change by not more than a handful of the remaining Legionnaires.
This book by Ryan captures not only the spirit of brave men in a desperate battle, but also the spirit of the Foreign Legion, which is celebrated by Legionnaires, wherever they are, on April 30.
An excellent story that, like the story of the Alamo, proves truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is often more readable.
Via la Legion and Seper Fi Legionnaires!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legion's defining battle. Sept. 23 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In Aubagne France, on April 30 of every year, a wooden hand
is solemnly paraded in a ceremony commemorating the most
sacred battle of the French Foreign Legion. In a dusty
hamlet in a remote corner of Mexico, Captain Danjou, the
owner of the hand, and 64 other Legionnaires held off a
force of over 2000 Mexicans, until the last handful of
survivors, wounded and out of ammunition, prepared a bayonet
charge. Camerone exemplifies the courage and sacrifice of
the Legion, in a tradition which is carried forth even today.
The story is told well here,with clear maps and illustrations.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Aug. 28 2007
By Steven E. Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good read, but way too pricey for quality. Several pictures and plates lack any color and don't show up well at all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Dec 30 2013
By Michael Britt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book carefully lays out the entire battle and conveys the information in an entertaining way. I used the book to help me write a paper on the battle and was thoroughly satisfied.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well writen and highly detailed. There is not ... Oct. 27 2014
By Felipe Perez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very well writen and highly detailed. There is not too many writings about this forgotten battle in a forgotten Mexican hacienda.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legion Etrangere! July 4 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Men have fought in many guises and in many places for their honor, for that of their comrades and for a cause, regardless of cost, something civilians don't seem to understrand. Belleau Woods was such a battle against overwhelming fire power, as was Normandy, Iwo Jima, Hue City, and Khe Sahn.
One such battle that cost the lives of those defending was fought at the Alamo Mission in San Antonio de Bexar, Texas, in 1836, where some 83 Texicans fough for independence against the overwhelming odds of Santa Ana's army - some 5,000 strong. Another desperate battle, strangely enough against overwhelming Mexican odds of some 2,000, was that fought in 1863 by a battered company of 62 French Foreign Legionnaires at Cameron, about 30 miles from Vera Cruz.
The 62 Legionnaires fought galiantly to the last, killing an estimated 500 Mexican soldatos and guerrilleros during their stand. The last act of bravery, when their ammunition ran out, was a bayonet change by not more than a handful of the remaining Legionnaires.
This book by Ryan captures not only the spirit of brave men in a desperate battle, but also the spirit of the Foreign Legion, which is celebrated by Legionnaires, wherever they are, on April 30.
An excellent story that, like the story of the Alamo, proves truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is often more readable.
Via la Legion and Seper Fi Legionnaires!
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