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Fighting for the French Foreign Legion

Author: Alex Lochrie

Publisher: Grub Street Publishers

ISBN: 9781848846968

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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A soldier’s true story of danger and adventure as a modern-day legionnaire in Kuwait, Bosnia, and beyond. With no French language ability, Alex Lochrie approached recruiters for the French Foreign Legion in Paris and embarked on 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 nationalities and backgrounds among his fellows was enormous. New members are traditionally allowed to change their identities—and Lochrie chose to alter his age, becoming twenty-eight instead of thirty-eight. Elite paratrooper training followed in Corsica before Lochrie earned his wings. The FFL is never far from the front line, and in this book he tells 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 gripping account lifts the veil of mystery and myth, pulling you into the action—and revealing much about the realities of service in the Foreign Legion.
Fighting for the French Foreign Legion
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Alex Lochrie
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-11-19 - Publisher: Grub Street Publishers

A soldier’s true story of danger and adventure as a modern-day legionnaire in Kuwait, Bosnia, and beyond. With no French language ability, Alex Lochrie approached recruiters for the French Foreign Legion in Paris and embarked on the demanding selection process that followed. When he was accepted, he and other prospective
The French Foreign Legion
Language: en
Pages: 752
Authors: Douglas Porch
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-11-01 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

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Language: en
Pages: 120
Authors: Thomas Gast
Categories: Self-Help
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-30 - Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

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Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: David Jordan
Categories: Self-Help
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-09-03 - Publisher: Amber Books

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Language: en
Pages: 50
Authors: Martin Windrow
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-09-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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