By Simon Murray
Simon Murray was once nineteen while he joined the French international Legion. encouraged by way of the romantic myths of Beau Geste, he chanced on himself within the ranks of 1 of the world's maximum - and hardest - scuffling with forces. He saved a distinct diary of the tough residing, harsh self-discipline, and the army culture of 'March or Die' which he became this gripping book.
'Simon Murray's own account of a delicately reared, well-educated British youth's coming of age within the French overseas Legion has the drama, pleasure and color of a very good guts-and-glory mystery . . . Murray is a skilled storyteller, and his fellow legionnaires and their disciplined and proud Corps are vividly portrayed. i used to be hooked from the 1st page.' Dr Henry Kissinger
'One of the best experience tales in fresh years.' Chris Patten
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He obeys orders to the letter, is incapable of any deviation from guidance set, without reference to any switch in conditions, and is a part of the equipment that made the German military what it used to be. besides, the upshot of all of it is 8 days every one for the plate smashers, that is now on its method as much as the colonel with a request for doubling. The punishments for the N. C. O. s concerned are a little harsher. Kroll has been made to signal a paper forfeiting his parachute brevet and he's to be thrown out of the regiment, stripped of his rank and collects fifteen days’ felony into the discount. This although he's the most hugely embellished males within the corporation. He has the Médaille Militaire and the Croix de Valeur Militaire with 3 stars and a palm. Starry, who was once going to Corporal college, has been banned eternally in order that he can by no means upward push above the rank of non-public. Theo and Caulier are within. One little bit of excellent news is that Slymer was once concerned. He has been stripped of his corporal stripes, collects fifteen days and may then swap businesses. i am hoping that's the final we see of him. i believe the officials have over-reacted to this entire factor. even though i used to be no longer there on the time, i will think precisely what occurred. the men simply bought over excited a bit, that’s all. This punishment is unnecessarily harsh. For the remainder, the réfectoire is closed and we take all our nutrition status to consciousness within the solar and we're on demanding labour from sun-up to sun-down till additional observe. moreover we have now barrack and gear inspections each morning and night. we've got simply heard this night that the 8 days has long past to thirty, now not fifteen. That’s heavy stuff for smashing a couple of plates. Vive los angeles Légion! 2 September 1962 The Arabs are nonetheless ecstatic with their new-found liberty. i'm wondering what’s so diversified approximately it. they're seizing French estate and carving it up among themselves. Later they'll glance again and sweetness the place all of it disappeared. The O. A. S. preserve a low profile. Our desertion cost climbs gradually a week. We cross quietly approximately our enterprise: drill, inspections, soccer, weapon cleansing, inspection and again to drill. Morale keeps to slip; not anything occurs. i used to be past due for appel final evening. I have been ingesting with outdated Carlsen. Tandoi stood in for me and used to be counted two times so i used to be o.k.. Carlsen used to be no longer so fortunate. I went over to his corporation later and located him sitting in a barrel of water less than protect. He used to be fairly chuffed on the time, yet he's depressing this day. He has spent the day cleansing bathrooms with a toothbrush and a bar of cleaning soap. now not a good way to go the time of day. i'm in Tandoi’s debt. Georges Penco has back from Corporal university and is now carrying eco-friendly stripes on his arm. He feels higher and his voice is a bit louder. eight September 1962 Idle days proceed to maneuver slowly prior. there's time for analyzing or even extra for considering – time to take inventory of one’s existence. knowing that i've got extra years and extra to head, I discover at the same time that it really is too early to devise.