Line in the Sand

Foreign Legion Forts and Fortifications in Morocco 1900 - 1926

Richard P Jeynes BA Hons MA FRGS

The remote desert outpost, manned by rugged and desperate legionnaires, surrounded by hordes of camel borne tribesmen has become something of an iconic image since PC Wren published Beau Geste in 1926. The last stand of a beleaguered garrison has resulted in many Hollywood films and books of similar genre.
Date Published :
November 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Musket to Maxim 1815-1914
Illustration :
20-25 photos, 2 maps, 4 diagrams, 1 table
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915113832
Pages : 84
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


The book gives an overview of the French conquest of Morocco between 1900 and 1926.

While providing a general outline of the conquest of Morocco the book concentrates on the use of forts and other fortifications built by the French Foreign Legion to secure the territory gained and pacify the areas of operation.

Covering the construction of the outposts, garrison life in them in peace and war, operations in the desert and mountains and desperate last stands.

Particular emphasis is given to two sites where the author undertook detailed archaeological investigations as well as extensive use of Primary sources (many of which are now out of print).

Numerous plans, maps and photographs support the text.

About The Author

Richard Jeynes studied Archaeology and Landscape Archaeology at Durham and Leicester Universities before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. After service in the Intelligence Corps he trained as a teacher eventually becoming Head of several schools. In 2004 he set up his own company, Trailquest, specialising in organising and running expeditions to a variety of remote locations around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has lectured widely on his travels and research. He has written articles for numerous magazines.

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