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When you get a copy of Alex Lochrie’s book go to chapter 11. A few of my personal photos of the operation. Libyan prisoners on their way back to Libya...
the airport tower N’djamena shortly before the mortars stated coming in...REP transmission blokes getting the comms sorted.
 

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Finally got to, and finished Alex Lochrie's Fighting for French Foreign Legion. Very good book, real page-turner, would gladly read more. It was very high on my list for quite some time and I'm glad I finally read it. First half could be posted as advertisement to join Foreign Legion, while second half (about Sarajevo), could serve as social advertising- sort of wake up call... I never met with such close relation and description of what was going on, in there. I could feel that Lochrie was taking it more personal, while writing that part, and with every page I was realizing more and more why.

Now I started book, which was probably on top of my list for years- Men in Green Faces, by Gene Wentz. It's not about Foreign Legion- it's novel about Navy Seals in Vietnam. Read today over quarter of it, and it seems like very good read.
 

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No, I didn't. Pretty much forum members' stories I managed to dig into, are only some stuff mentioned here and there, for example Jonny's photos, with short description what we are looking at.

P.S. Earlier mentioned Alex Lochrie's book is very high on my list. I'm not sure is it going to be next what I'll read, but I'm planning to get to it very soon. I looked into beginning some time ago and it seems really well written/told. Is there anything else worth recommendation (in English)? Except what I mentioned above, I read only few books written by Polish authors.
I’m glad you like my photos. I got plenty more that I haven’t uploaded yet. But that’s the real legion anyway. A book might follow, but I’m a bit lazy. Sorry.
 
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I’m glad you like my photos. I got plenty more that I haven’t uploaded yet. But that’s the real legion anyway. A book might follow, but I’m a bit lazy. Sorry.
The people NEED that book!
 

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I’m glad you like my photos. I got plenty more that I haven’t uploaded yet. But that’s the real legion anyway. A book might follow, but I’m a bit lazy. Sorry.
Well, from what I can see around the forum, You have helluva story to tell. Would definitely read it.
 

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The Treize should never have left Djibouti
I agree with Pink Floyd 100%. It gave the REP a guaranteed overseas tour and the REC and 2 REI were guaranteed sejours of two years. Even those coming straight out of Castel could start off their careers with two years of desert warfare training
 

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I agree with Pink Floyd 100%. It gave the REP a guaranteed overseas tour and the REC and 2 REI were guaranteed sejours of two years. Even those coming straight out of Castel could start off their careers with two years of desert warfare training
I did 3 company tours to Djibouti. The longest was for 6 months Jan-July 1991. Our old 2REP base up in the mountains (Arta) is now a Djiboutian army military academy...photos from 1990
 

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I did 3 company tours to Djibouti. The longest was for 6 months Jan-July 1991. Our old 2REP base up in the mountains (Arta) is now a Djiboutian army military academy...photos from 1990
That little tin hut next to the guard house was the jail made of tin, inside the roof was just splattered with blood from insects this was my accommodation for 14 nights.
 

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That little tin hut next to the guard house was the jail made of tin, inside the roof was just splattered with blood from insects this was my accommodation for 14 nights.
the jail (Arta Hilton)
 

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That little tin hut next to the guard house was the jail made of tin, inside the roof was just splattered with blood from insects this was my accommodation for 14 nights.
Must have been roasting in there for a pale scotsman 😆
 
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Told here for the first time in English is the story of the French Foreign Legion and the part they played in the colonial campaigns in Tonkin in Indochina between the years 1883 and 1945. The book weaves the complexities of the initial colonization campaigns of the late 19th century, the battles against the Black Flags and Chinese before moving into the early 20th century which saw the legion involved in actions against pirates, rebels, nationalists and communists. The book goes on to cover the daily life for the Legionnaires as well as their restructuring and enlargement. Also, covered are the building works undertaken by the Legionnaires including roads, summer stations and barracks. The 1941 war with Thailand and the Lang Son incident are told in great detail as is the Japanese coup in March 1945, the subsequent battles involved which virtually destroyed the 5th Regiment and finally their retreat into China. Packed with over 70 unpublished photographs.


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I did 3 company tours to Djibouti. The longest was for 6 months Jan-July 1991. Our old 2REP base up in the mountains (Arta) is now a Djiboutian army military academy...photos from 1990
I wonder if they appreciate how much legion sweat went into the camps and bases of Djibouti? I doubt it! I think the soul of the 13th will always be there!
 

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We had our threads mixed up a bit Joseph. My fault. Appreciate it if you could correct it. Thanks mate.
 
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Gorky’s adopted son, a hero of the Foreign Legion, a man of influence, a French ambassador, and a Don Juan, Zinovy Peshkov, a.k.a. the “Magnificent One-Armed Man” is a forgotten legend of the 20th century.

Nizhny-Novgorod, at the turn of the last century. A teenaged boy spends his days looking for trouble on the banks of the Volga. He is poor and Jewish – a pariah in Czarist Russia. But he encounters the hugely influential Maxim Gorky, who hires him as his assistant, and goes on to adopt him. And so Yeshua Sverdlov becomes Zinovy Peshkov (Peshkov was Gorky’s true last name).

In exile in Capri with his new father, Zinovy is exposed to literature and politics, and rubs shoulders with Lenin, the writer Bunin, the singer Chaliapin and other great men. But he wants action. When World War I breaks out, he enlists in France’s Foreign Legion alongside Blaise Cendrars, and experiences both the hardship of life in the trenches and the exhilaration of combat – in which he loses his right arm. France, too, adopts him, shipping him out to the USA to convince them to enter the war.

In 1918, as his blood brother Jakov Sverdlov is about to become the first leader of the Soviet nation, Peshkov is in the thick of the Russian Civil War, on the White Army side. During the Rif War, in Morocco in the 1920s, he acquires the nickname “the Magnificent One-Armed Man.” Syria, Lebanon, and his first diplomatic postings are on the horizon. As well as fighting alongside the Free French Forces. He would be De Gaulle’s special envoy, a general and ambassador rolled into one, reserved for the trickiest missions, e.g. in China with Chiang Kai-Shek, and Japan with MacArthur, to whom he became close.

Peshkov traveled everywhere, knew everyone, and seduced everybody. His bravery, joie de vivre, and knowledge of the human soul all contributed to revealing his true nature as a hero whose life was more extraordinary than fiction.

Based on unpublished archives, particularly his magnificent correspondence with Gorky, Guillemette de Sairigné has written the first major biography of Zinovy Peshkov.

Guillemette de Sairigné is a highly successful biographer, whose books include Mon illustre inconnu, enquête sur un père de légende (“My Illustrious Stranger: An Investigation into a Legendary Father,” Fayard,1998) and La Circassienne (“The Circus Performer,” Robert Laffont, 2011).
 

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I wonder if they appreciate how much legion sweat went into the camps and bases of Djibouti? I doubt it! I think the soul of the 13th will always be there!
Mark, I doubt they do appreciate it. The Americans were in and out of the Djibouti when I was there in the early 1990's...there intention was always to get a foothold into the Horn of Africa. Everything was already there for them to move in once the Legion
departed.
 
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