Fighting for the French Foreign Legion

This is a very rare and fascinating account of life as a modern day Legionnaire The author describes how, with no French language ability, he approached recruiters for the French Foreign Legion in Paris and the demanding selection process that followed When he was accepted, he and other prospective legionnaires were sent to Southern France to begin the harsh recruit traiThis is a very rare and fascinating account of life as a modern day Legionnaire The author describes how, with no French language ability, he approached recruiters for the French Foreign Legion in Paris and the demanding selection process that followed When he was accepted, he and other prospective legionnaires were sent to Southern France to begin the harsh recruit training course The mix of different nationalities and backgrounds among his fellows was enormous New members are traditionally allowed to change their identities the author chose to alter his age becoming 28 not 38 Elite paratrooper training followed in Corsica before the author earned his wings.The FFL is never far from the front line and we read of challenging active service in former French colonies in Africa as well as during the First Gulf War, evicting Saddam Hussein from Kuwait and operations in Bosnia and Sarajevo.This is a completely authentic book that lifts the veil of mystery and myth and reveals much about the realities of service in the Foreign Legion The author is not given to exaggeration there is no need for it A gripping read.
Fighting for the French Foreign Legion This is a very rare and fascinating account of life as a modern day Legionnaire The author describes how with no French language ability he approached recruiters for the French Foreign Legion in Par

  • Title: Fighting for the French Foreign Legion
  • Author: Alex Lochrie
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 220
  • Format: ebook
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    1. I wasn't sure for the first few pages whether I was going to take to this very down-to-earth narrative style, but it turned out to be a really excellent reflection of the narrator and the story he had to tell. Fascinating, matter-of-fact, and highly positive first person account of a man who joined the Legion at 38. While some former Legionnaires have darker experiences to recount, Lochrie's love of and pride in the Legion comes through on every page.

    2. This book is an honest account of life is like inside the French Foreign Legion. The author joined the Legion in his late 30's which is amazing in itself. He writes of his deployments including serving in Desert Storm, definitely a good read, he doesn't over glorify his experience, just tells it as he experienced it.

    3. Another so/so ex-FFL soldiers accounts. I thought it might be interesting because Lochrie started his military career well into his 30s, so I presumed it would be a book about the sheer physical challenge of that; but he rarely touches on it. There's hints of a better book here - a failed relationship and an attempted suicide that drove him into the Legion; some reflections on the impact of combat stress on individuals - but he tends to gloss over them rather than explore them. If you've read a [...]

    4. One of the more recently published accounts of life in the French Foreign Legion and one of the best ones currently available. The author is proud of the Legion and served more than ten years. His account of the Legion's service in the Balkans is particularly interesting. His opinion of politicians and news "reporters" are also revealing. This is not Beau Geste, just one man's experiences in one of the world's elite military organizations. I assume Fighting for the French Foreign Legion is Lochr [...]

    5. It has to be a 5 star, as there was nothing I did not like about this book, which is an honest account of the highs and lows of joining the feared and admired French Foreign Legion. This book accurately describes the harshness of military life as a Legionnnaire. It neither glorifies nor discredits the FFL, but rather gives a factual account of what it is actually like and dispels many myths. Well written and an enjoyable memoir.

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