Rendezvous with Death Book Review

Appreciate the Review Jeff.

Always enjoyed reading obscure History like this. 👍

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Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight for France and for Civilization

by David Hanna

Hardcover in dustjacket, 332 pages

Published by Regnery History June 2016

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1621573966

ISBN-13: 978-1621573968

Dimensions: 6.0 x 1.1 x 9.0 inches

The French Foreign Legion is one of the more storied of the world’s military formations.  In the Legion a man can make a fresh start regardless of his past – in exchange for the promise of military service to France a new identity is created.  The Legion is famous for attracting men looking for a fresh start for themselves or to forget past mistakes.  The men in this book did not join the Legion for the typical reasons.

Rendezvous with Death is the story of a group of Americans living in Paris at the beginning of the Great War in 1914.  Idealism is what…

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World War I History: German U-Boats in Rhode Island

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100 Years After The Great War Arrived On Americas Doorstep

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For those of you interested in the more obscure history of World War One, here is a book I read last year that I found absolutely fascinating:

Dark Invasion, 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America

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World War II History: Secret Nazi Base Discovered in The Arctic

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Secret Nazi Military Base Discovered By Russian Scientists In The Arctic

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No, I don’t think this is the lab where they were building the Uber-Soldats (Super Soldiers) or experimenting on Aliens trying to find the true Aryan bloodline, but is was definitely a Nazi base of some type.

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Obscure Military History: The Brusilov Offensive in World War I

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The Brusilov Offensive, 1916

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Very often the Russian side of World War I is overlooked by Historians due to the gross inadequacy of the Russian Imperial Army during this time.

This was not taking into account the Brusilov Offensive of 1916, which is considered by most Military Historians as one, if not the finest, most effective offensives of the War.

For more reading on this subject, check out fellow WordPress blogger Slivoitz Diaries.

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Armed Citizen Corner: British Pistol Use During World War I

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Here’s an interesting piece of research, done in 2010 by one David Thomas as part of a degree in British First World War Studies:

The Pistol in British Military Service During the Great War (pdf)

This is a well-footnoted 38 pages, covering the British procurement of handguns, the different types of handguns use, and the training methods used with them. To me, the most interesting part was those training methods – I had not realized British training was nearly as elaborate as it really was.

The influence of [Captain Charles] Tracy is as the bringer of pistol fighting technique. In 1915 he wrote a simple instructional handbook for more advanced training, drawing attention to his skills and knowledge. He advocated the use of instinctive shooting at close ranges and using the sights for longer distances.Tracy’s stated “War Shot” standard was the ability of a man to hit a 12” by 16” rectangle, with one pistol shot at ten yards, in one second. He is acknowledged as the writer of the 1916 Addendum to Musketry Regulations, which improved pistol training enormously.

…Issued with Army Orders as a separate 15 page close-typed document, it was intended to be enclosed with Musketry Regulations. It included a much more advanced and demanding set of practices and tests than before the war.

These cover grouping, rapid and snap shooting, at a variety of ranges, and engaging targets whilst advancing on foot. Shooting is to be conducted with both right and left hand, single and double action, to tight timings. One practice involves firing at targets whilst moving down a trench. There are mounted practices for those for whom they were appropriate.

The Boer War had involved relatively little use of handguns, and their training and procurement lapsed between the end of that conflict and the beginning of World War I. At that point, though, it seems that the British really put in serious work to improve handgun shooting skills with their troops. Handguns were used extensively by officers of course, but also by naval troops, aviators, tank crewmen, and machine gun crewmen. As the author says,

From a somewhat simple and unsuitable procedure at the start of the War, British pistol technique developed along parallel but complimentary official and private lines, to a sophisticated level. Safe use, allied to skilled tactical methods produced first class combat shots. Anyone passing out from a revolver instructional course in the latter half of the War would have been better trained with a pistol than all but special forces personnel in the modern army.

Definitely worth a read!

Read the Original Article at Forgotten Weapons