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4.0 out of 5 stars Has the feel of being factual.
I have read a few books on the Foreign Legion. It is one of those organisations that is clouded in mystery. This book blows away the myth that it is a unique highly trained military machine. There appears no central doctrine to tactics or discipline and these appear to be down to the whims of individual NCOs. An enlightening read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and refreshing
I recall watching a documentary about the legion not long ago which showed one of their infantry courses in (I think) Djibouti. I didn't look all that, and various things that would have resulted in a charge in the British Army (in particular moving without covering fire, and firing on the move in a non-CQB environment) seemed standard. I put it down to different...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has the feel of being factual., 22 Mar 2013
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I have read a few books on the Foreign Legion. It is one of those organisations that is clouded in mystery. This book blows away the myth that it is a unique highly trained military machine. There appears no central doctrine to tactics or discipline and these appear to be down to the whims of individual NCOs. An enlightening read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and refreshing, 15 April 2014
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I recall watching a documentary about the legion not long ago which showed one of their infantry courses in (I think) Djibouti. I didn't look all that, and various things that would have resulted in a charge in the British Army (in particular moving without covering fire, and firing on the move in a non-CQB environment) seemed standard. I put it down to different cultures, not least because most of what one reads about the legion implies that they are warrior ninjas.

This is certainly not the image conveyed by this book. Who knows whether the author is really a disgruntled failure, or whether his occa attitude results in a particularly gimlet eye. However, the legion he portrays is a combination of no-hopers and adventurers. The author joins because he wants an adventure and a challenge, and appears to get the former at least.

I can't say that it had me longing for the recruiting office, but provided a well written counterpoint to most of the legion books I have come across.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strips away the mystery, 31 Oct 2013
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Very good read. Strips away the mystery of the legion, not only that, the book is very well written by an obviously intelligent and articulate former member. I read it in conjunction with Life in the French Foreign Legion by Evan McGorman. Both books have the ring of truth. Both authors are critical of their time in the legion, but both saw it through to the end of their enlistments. Informative read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A soldier's tale, 21 Jun 2013
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Very well written and obviously from first hand experience. Compares very well with books of a similar genre. Most enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 22 Aug 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars truly bad, 13 Aug 2013
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I was unable to decide if this is fiction based on fact or pure fiction. Either way it reads like a bad 1960's western novel. Reminds me of a bad Sven Hassel novel. Avoid
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