The author describes how he joined the French Foreign Legion, without being able to speak any French and very close to the age limit. He takes the reader through the vigorous selection procedure, the relentless recruit regime and then elite Second Parachute Regiment's training in Corsica. We learn about the ethos and strict discipline of the Foreign Legion. He describes his fellow legionnaires drawn from many backgrounds and nations.Having won his kepi and paratroop wings he served across Africa and the Middle East, taking part in Operation DESERT STORM (fighting Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard), peace keeping operations in Sarajevo and Bosnia and in former French colonies such as Chad and the Central African Republic. He graphically describes the action and appalling conditions of the local population.Accounts of life in the modern day Foreign Legion are rare indeed and this one written by a mature and modest man makes fascinating reading.Alex Lochrie has had a varied and colourful career. He has been a Police officer, Forensic Scene of Crime Examiner, a commercial artist and a rally driver. After leaving the French Foreign Legion he started his own graphic design business. He lives at Troon, Scotland. Alex has published two novels 'Deadly Black Rain' and 'The Real Cost of Terror' which are available as e-books.
I have had anything but a normal career going from graphic illustrator to Police Forensic Scene of Crime Examiner, before joining the French Foreign Legion. I joined the Legion at the tender young age of 38 and served for 11 years with the Legion Parachute Regiment based in Corsica. My autobiography 'Fighting For the French Foreign Legion' (Memoirs of a Scottish legionnaire) has now gone into its 3rd reprint. It is an honest attempt to show you the important role this unique force serves in todays troubled world.
The unique multi national, religious and secular composition of the Legion makes it the only true 'United Nations' force working for peace in the complex world we live in.
Having retired from active service when I was 50, I returned to my origional occupation of artist, but have now added a new career to my list by becoming an author.
I have published a ficional series about a secret anti-terrorist unit as E-books using the AMAZON KINDLE BOOKSHOP. The unit is called Taskforce Alpha which has been set up to fight modern terrorism. It is a multi-national, multi-religious, multi-lingual unit, which works independently from the recognised national security services of the participating nations. In many ways it is similar in its structure to the French Foreign Legion.
The first novel is called 'DEADLY BLACK RAIN' and is about a plot to destroy the enery supplied in the UK.
Fiction can sometimes be the best way of telling the truth.
The second novel in the series is called 'THE REAL COST OF TERROR'. It has also available as an e-book in the Kindle Bookshop. It continues where 'Deadly Black Rain' ended and deals with the actual problems and political upheaval of todays world.
The third novel in the series is called 'TASKFORCE ALPHA FIGHT BACK'. It is right up to date with the current problems we are facing in the Middle East and northern Africa and is also available in the Kindle Bookshop
The fourth book 'TASKFORCE ALPHA - NO TURNING BACK' is well now available as an e-book and is about Taskforce preventing terrorist attacks at the London Olympics.
The 5th in the series. It is called: THE ROAD TO HELL.
I have just finished it and it is also now available as an E-book.
I have started work on the sixth book in the series and have given it the title 'SOCIAL MELTDOWN'.
I hope you are enjoying them all, and believe me these stories could be true. Perhaps they are, you never know!
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