Legionnaire: Five Years in the French Foreign Legion
“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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Traveller1 - LibraryThing
Bought a copy and read many years ago. Well written and informative account of the FFL from the perspective of a new recruit. Clearly shows how the free-will and conscience of the men is suppressed ... Read full review
Great book.User Review - Arthur D. - Overstock.com
Always interesting following his diary. Very well written I feel as if I am in he Legion. Great book for airplane flights! 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