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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.
French Foreign Legion 1831–71
Language: en
Pages: 48
Authors: Martin Windrow
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-15 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Concluding his bestselling series on the French Foreign Legion, Martin Windrow explores the formation and development of the Legion during its 'first generation'. Raised in 1831, the Legion's formative years would see it fight continuous and savage campaigns in Algeria, aid the Spanish government in the Carlist War, join the
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
Life in the French Foreign Legion
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Evan McGorman
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-01-01 - Publisher: Hellgate Press

Forget all your preconceptions about the French Foreign Legion. Many of the legends you grew up with no longer apply, so whatever you've heard probably does not reflect the reality of service today. Evan McGorman explains in detail how to apply to get into this elite corps, what to expect
The French Foreign Legion
Language: en
Pages: 752
Authors: Douglas Porch
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-11-01 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The French Foreign Legion is a complete, captivating study of the famed fighting force, from its inception in 1831 to modern times. Historian Douglas Porch chronicles the Legion’s involvement in Spain, Mexico, Indochina, Madagascar, WWI, Vietnam, and Algiers (to name a few) and delves into the inner workings of legionnaires
The French Foreign Legion
Language: en
Pages: 254
Authors: Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-18 - Publisher: McFarland

This book gives the reader a straightforward and continuous survey of the history of the French Foreign Legion. By outlining the Legion’s vicissitudes, victorious campaigns, epic marches, heroic and sometimes hopeless stands, dirtiest combats and dramatic defeats, but also by briefly placing the Legion back in the historical background of