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The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie
Legionnaire: Five Years in the French Foreign Legion - Simon Murray A 5 year, 4 Star diary of a young Englishman who joins the French Foreign Legion in 1960 when he is turned down by the British Army and is stuck in an iron foundry job. He spends his tour in Algeria, the first two years during the Algerian War for independence. Plenty of patrolling the desert and occasional fighting. The second part of his tour of duty is spent in an FFL moving to a peacetime role. Overall, an interesting picture of the famed fighting organization. Cruel training, lots of wild, alcohol-fueled celebrations and unique characters. Timeless picture of a foot soldier and a great peek into the FFL. Recommended.