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Fighting for the French Foreign Legion: Memoirs of a Scottish Legionnaire
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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 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.
Book News Annotation:
At age 38, close to the age limit, author Lochrie joined the French Foreign Legion in the early 1990s. In this narrative, one of the few modern accounts of life in the Legion, he describes his experiences over the course of 11 years. Lochrie became a member of the elite Legion Parachute Regiment and saw active service in Central Africa, Iraq, and Bosnia. He describes the rigorous training and his fellow Legionnaires, and offers a unique perspective on the manipulations of politicians and journalists and the suffering that war brings to innocent people. A few b&w historical photos are included. The author now runs a marketing company in Scotland. There is no subject index. The book is distributed in the US by Casemate. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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