Legionnaire: Five Years in the French Foreign Legion (Google eBook)
“A pleasure to read and nearly impossible to put down.”
“Embodies an experience that many have enjoyed in fantasy–few in reality.”
–The Washington Post
The French Foreign Legion–mysterious, romantic, deadly–is filled with men of dubious character, and hardly the place for a proper Englishman just nineteen years of age. Yet in 1960, Simon Murray traveled alone to Paris, Marseilles, and ultimately Algeria to fulfill the toughest contract of his life: a five-year stint in the Legion. Along the way, he kept a diary.
Legionnaire is a compelling, firsthand account of Murray’s experience with this legendary band of soldiers. This gripping journal offers stark evidence that the Legion’s reputation for pushing men to their breaking points and beyond is well deserved. In the fierce, sun-baked North African desert, strong men cracked under brutal officers, merciless training methods, and barbarous punishments. Yet Murray survived, even thrived. For he shared one trait with these hard men from all nations and backgrounds: a determination never to surrender.
“The drama, excitement, and color of a good guts-and-glory thriller.”
–Dr. Henry Kissinger
From the Paperback edition.
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Review: Legionnaire: Five Years in the French Foreign LegionUser Review - Mike Norris - Goodreads
This is one book that I read over and over again. Simon spent 5 years in the Legion when it was really rough and going through a turbulent time in French history. I enjoy his writing style which makes ... Read full review
Review: Legionnaire: Five Years in the French Foreign LegionUser Review - Nick - Goodreads
An honest account of life in the legion, which blends accurate descriptions of battle with insightful observations on being a soldier, and life in general. Read full review
PART ONE Incubation
PART THREE The Regiment
PART FOUR Les C0ms
PART SIX Treason
PART SEVEN A Taste of Liberty
PART EIGHT Back to the Front
PART NINE Interlude
PART TEN The Pe01011
PART ELEVEN Rewards
PART TWELVE Le Dénouemenr