The Spanish Foreign Legion

TítuloThe Spanish Foreign Legion
Tipo de publicaciónBook
Year of Publication1985
AutoresScurr, J., and B. Fosten
Series TitleMen-at-Arms
Number of Pages48
PublisherOsprey Publishing
ISBN Number9780850455717
Palabras claveHistoria, insignias, Legión Española, militar, uniformes

Although overshadowed by its French counterpart, the Tercio de Extrangeros, 'Regiment of Foreigners' has a rich and eventful history beginning with its formation in 1920. Under the command of LtCol Millán Astray and Comandante Francisco Franco, the Spanish Foreign Legion developed into a formidable force, led by Astray's belief that 'to die in combat is the greatest honour.' This book examines the main campaigns in which the Legion participated, from Melilla in 1921-23 until its withdrawal from the Sahara in 1976. A wealth of contemporary photographs and colour plates detail the uniforms and insignia of the Spanish Foreign Legion.