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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Marching with the Devil : Legend, Glory and Lies in the French Foreign Legion
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'A real-life boy's own adventure, Marching with the Devil is an account of David Mason's five years in the infamous French Foreign Legion.

'"In 1894 a French Foreign Legion General said, 'Legionnaires, vous etes faits pour mourir, je vous envoie la ou on meurt. Legionnaires, you are made for dying, I will send you where you can die'. When I was in my mid-teens and first read those words they were powerful and confronting. I read them as a challenge and an invitation. The words, and the feelings they evoked, remained with me until I was ready. On 20 May 1988, I enlisted in the French Foreign Legion."

'Based on his diaries, this is a frank account of how Mason came first in basic training, trained other Legionnaires, went to Africa, did sniper, commando and medic's training and took part in two operations, both in the Republic of Djibouti where a civil war nearly crippled the nation. It tells of his daily life in the Legion, in the training regiment, in Africa and with the Legion's Parachute Regiment. But more than this: David s gripping account reveals his disillusionment, frustration and disappointments, and how the Legion today is not what it seems. (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Launched at Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka, Australian Capital Territory, 6 October, 2010.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2010 .
      Extent: xvii, 380p., [16]p. of platesp.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
      Description: illus., map
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: September 2010.
      ISBN: 9780733626326 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Review : Non-Fiction Terry Oberg , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 2 - 3 October 2010; (p. 25)

— Review of Marching with the Devil : Legend, Glory and Lies in the French Foreign Legion David Mason , 2010 single work autobiography
Review : Non-Fiction Terry Oberg , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 2 - 3 October 2010; (p. 25)

— Review of Marching with the Devil : Legend, Glory and Lies in the French Foreign Legion David Mason , 2010 single work autobiography
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