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The Making of a Legionnaire

My Life in the French Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment



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The Making of a Legionnaire by Bill Parris
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Penniless, divorced and AWOL from the British forces, Bill Parris volunteered for the French Foreign Legion in the early 1980s. Unlike many British volunteers to the Legion, Bill did not desert. He endured a horrendous training regime and, despite a fear of heights (!) joined the elite Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment. This is more than a war story - it is a personal journey too, as Bill comes to terms with his own inner demons. His five years' service included brutal combat in Rwanda and Chad, events that still trigger nightmares. But he emerged as a man at peace with himself, and with a story to tell.

Author Biography

Bill Parris was born in Newcastle. He joined the RAF Regiment in the 1980s before travelling to Paris to join the French Foreign Legion. He is now re-married with two children and lives in Newcastle.
Release date NZ
August 11th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
8 Illustrations, unspecified
Cassell Military
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