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Overview Gives insights into what it is to be a Legionnaire. Driven to the French Foreign Legion by a need to escape, Tony Sloane was selected for one of the Legion's crack regiments, and spent five years in this army. From his training in the south of France and Corsica to war-zone operations in South Africa, he describes the Legion life in this account.
This powerful look at the French Foreign Legion explores the authors' experiences with the brutalities, adventure, destruction, danger, and criminal encounters over his five years of service in this dehumanizing regime. Well known as the most notorious, bloody, and ruthless band of mercenaries in the world, in 1998 the Legion accepted Tony Sloane at the age of 18, inviting him as an elite member of this secret and mysterious fighting force. The legend and the myths of the Legion captivated Sloane and he quickly learned that life as a legionnaire was not just about physical training, but also about pledging mind and soul to the missions and operations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
ISBN 190413291X ISBN13 9781904132912
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More About Tony Sloane
Tony Sloane is the pseudonym of an international private-security expert. After leaving the French Foreign Legion in 2003, he joined the British Parachute Regiment and has subsequently served on operations in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan.
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A Must Read For All Those Interested In Joining the Foreign Legion Jul 2, 2008
I was never bored and it never moved slowly, I was always very interested and entertained. He is also very reflective which makes the book ten times better
Good Read Jun 9, 2008
I have always been fascinated by the FFL and this book lived up to the hype. The author gives good insight into the world of the FFL. I couldn't put the book down.
Tough Man, Ok book May 1, 2008
Bought this book seeking to read about the experiences of a modern Legionary. Mr. Sloane does recount his story, but it is very matter of fact. I hoped to understand something more of his personality and what was going on inside his head! The characters he met in the Legion need to be filled out more. Simply stating he hated this guy or that is not enough. Reading this style of text leaves one with the feeling that Mr. Sloane is a cold person with anger issues. I know Mr. Sloane is tough, and a real soldier. He knows how to suffer pain and keep on going. One would think that to suffer intense amounts of BS, takes a person with character. Mr. Sloane's character is not glimpsed by the reader, however. I guess my problem is I didn't get to hear, smell, see, and feel something of what he was experiencing through his writing. Mr. Sloane goes through Hell and back again and simpy states it blandly. He is almost invisible. Those who he interacted with on a daily basis have no personalities. They are names that come and go. As I read the book, I don't know Mr. Sloane, or any of the people mentioned. They come and go. They do and endure stuff...I don't feel anything for them. Read To Hell and Back Again,of Audie Murphy fame or Band of Brothers (101 AB). You get to know something about the people and begin to like and hate the guys you meet there! In short, if a Legionary's experiences can't be communicated to the reader...well, why even bother to tell the story in the first place?
A great read Jan 4, 2008
This isn't a General sitting in his study writing his memoirs. This is a great, no none sense memoir of a grunts life from a grunts point of view in one of the most physically and psychologically demanding military units in the world. The story is sometimes rambling and disjointed but always fascinating and real. A lot of the books written about the Legion are by quitters who stayed a year or two and then deserted, Tony Sloane finished his commitment despite the hardship and because of that you are able to see the transformation of a restless and wandering teen to that of a hardened Soldier. For fans of the Legion or anyone looking for a good story I can highly recommend this book.
Outstanding book on the FFL Nov 21, 2007
Tony Sloane's book The Naked Soldier is an honest and no nonsense view of the Foreign Legion.As a hoemless 18 year old in the UK, Sloane joins the Legion and not only excels at the training but he joins the elite 2nd REP.He spends time in Djbouti (Africa),completes three commando courses, and by the end of his five year enlistment he is promoted to Corporal. He goes into great detail about the training,the brutality, and his desire to do something positive and to make the best of his time in the Legion. I like Sloane's book because unlike some books such as Salazar's Legion of the Lost or Jenning's A Mouthful of Rocks he served his five year term with honor and did not give up.This is the type of guy that I would liked to have served with because he reminds me of so many of my comrades in the Marines and Army.So if you are a FFL fan I think that you will enjoy this book.I would equate this book with Simon Murrays "Legionaire".