French related books to look forward to

Peter Lyderik

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French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872–1914 Paperback – Apr 17 2018 by René Chartrand (Author), Gerry Embleton (Illustrator)

World War II Vichy French Security Troops Paperback – Feb 20 2018 by Stephen M. Cullen (Author), Mark Stacey (Illustrator)
After the Fall of France in 1940, a new puppet state was set up in the south. Officially known as the French State, it is better known as Vichy France. This collaborationist Vichy regime's armed forces were more active and usually more numerous than German troops in the task of hunting down and crushing the maquis--the French Resistance guerrilla forces
This book covers the organization and operations of Vichy French Security Forces, including: the new Vichy Police Nationale, particularly their Groupes Mobiles de Reserve, the Service d'Ordre Légionnaire, and the Milice Francaise, a ruthless anti-Resistance militia armed partly with British weapons captured from SOE airdrops.
Fully illustrated throughout with contemporary photographs and commissioned artwork, it tells the story of Occupied France from the perspective of those who sought to keep it in German hands.

Peter Lyderik

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About French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872–1914.

France's colonial wars in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia were very largely fought by an organization completely separate from both the home-defense Metropolitan Army and the Armee d'Afrique in Algeria. The Naval Troops (Troupes de la Marine) were volunteers, and earned a reputation for greater toughness and hardiness than the conscripted Metropolitan Army.
Spread throughout the French Empire, Naval Troops in this period were characterized by very large infantry and artillery regiments based in France, mixed race regiments (Regiments Mixtes), and entire native regiments raised in West Africa, Madagascar, and Indochina. The latter, the so-called "Tirailleurs," were organized and led by officers and cadres from the Naval Troops, and wore very varied and colorful uniforms based on formalized versions of traditional local costumes.
French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872-1914 uses rich and detailed full color plates as well as thorough analysis to detail the story of these tough colonial units which bore the brunt of French colonial campaigns in Africa and Vietnam.

Peter Lyderik

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Contents of French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872–1914.

Introduction - organization of French forces for overseas service
Campaigns: Indochina, from 1883 - West Africa, from 1886 - Dahomey, from 1890 - Madagascar, from 1885 - China, 1900
Locally raised units: Tirailleurs & Spahis Sénégalais - Tirailleurs Haoussas - Tirailleurs & Spahis Soudanais - Tirailleurs Sakalaves & Malgaches - Tirailleurs Annamites, Tonkinois & Cambodgiens
Minor island garrisons
Plate Commentaries

Joseph Cosgrove

Hi Peter, not quite the same subject, but may I suggest you read a book entitled 'an officer and a spy' by Robert Harris. It's about Alfred Dreyfus, very interesting.

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