Banks to Battlefields

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Banks to Battlefields
Hi, I'm a young Irish gentleman who, in 2008, packed in a career (if you could call it that) in banking for a life (if you could call it that) in the French Foreign Legion.
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  • Overstaying Welcomes 10 years ago I’d never been so happy to enter a French Foreign Legion base. Typical emotions encountered upon crossing the metal gates of any one of the Legion regiments can range from dread to disillusionment and no further. Joy? Now that was a new one. The contrast between this, my final week in the...
  • Come Clean 10 years ago Being in the Legion, being a Legionnaire, does not make you a certified commando by default. The Legion is not an “elite” fighting force in the traditional sense of the word. Our tactics are those of the French Army, our equipment equally so. We begin military life at an immediate...
  • Tearless, Fearless, so why so Strange? 10 years ago If I’m honest, I might have expected more emotion. Not that leaving behind my home of 5 years, my regiment in the isolated alpine foothills with scorching summers and apocalyptic winters wasn’t an emotionally charged experience, but rather how I was surprised the experience...
  • Ring-in the Rung 10 years ago On Tuesday 2nd July 2013 my company swore in its new captain. He is, for me, the fifth company commander under whom I’ve served in as many years. No mean feat, given that the tenure of said post is two years. How, then, did one company come to have five captains in five years? Allow...
  • Regress (Part Deux) 10 years ago True colours shall eventually be shown, or show themselves if the universal need is sufficiently pressing. And so it was with my lieutenant throughout the course of this past week. I may not smell entirely of roses myself (certainly after four days in the mountains) but my scent is a hell of a lot... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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Website Reviews » There are 17 reviews on Banks to Battlefields

14:28 PM November 18, 2012

Always a fantastic read. Eye opening and educational.

Seamus Hilley
14:36 PM November 18, 2012

This is a great portal into the secret world of the French Foreign Legion. A thoughtful examination of the trade of soldiering enlivened with many entertaining diversions into subjects as diverse as competitive crib making and ski instruction. Sometimes very funny, always fascinating and well written.

16:28 PM November 18, 2012

Amazing blog, up and personal in the French Foreign Legion. The adventures of Legion-eire

Alison Mckeown
16:39 PM November 18, 2012

This blog exposes the furtive world of the legionnaire, and we the reader experience the excitement, tragedy, hilarity and often pure mundanity of the soldier's lot.This combined with the author's beautiful prose and craftmanship makes it a compelling read.

Scott McKee
19:57 PM November 18, 2012

Always look forward for this blog, as a former soldier it gives a great informative & most importantly a true account of what life is like for a soldier,be it in an army of his own country,or for a foreign one.Well Done!!!!!,,, A Brilliant Read!!

20:28 PM November 18, 2012

Amazing blog.

Tom Fitzpatrick
21:12 PM November 18, 2012

Never boring and every blog full of interesting, exotic and insightful stories.

Mike Phelan
00:23 AM November 19, 2012

Riveting, intelligent and hillariously funny, yet touching. Don't stop - keep these coming - looking forward to the next post!!

12:41 PM November 19, 2012

A blog that manages to get the reader into "that time and that place” state of mind, with good quality introspective and humor, with vivid scenes and characters where the reader gets the sense one can instinctively grab for the reachable reality. In the same time ones expectations of how and why it is constantly challenged, making everything alive, rapid, silvery.

21:05 PM November 20, 2012

I love the writing style and the detailed honest accounts of such an unusual lifestyle. It's the kind of thing I could imagine being turned into a book!

01:09 AM November 21, 2012

Love it. Everything about it.

18:25 PM November 25, 2012

Well written and a great read. very interesting and entertaining.

15:39 PM December 03, 2012

Wild Goose!

19:19 PM December 03, 2012

A really nice blog, also for an wannabe legionnaire like me, I found it very informative

Luis Jimenez De Santiago
19:32 PM January 21, 2013

This is a very stand up guy, he even makes the Legion look like a place that is fun instead of the excruciating reality of such institution. No doubts that this guy is a man with a very positive attitude towards life, a lad with good frame of mind, and he's also a good writer, I'll follow him close hoping that he writes a book soon, I'll be the first guy to buy it. All my respect.

13:33 PM February 07, 2013

A GREAT read - for ANYONE

23:09 PM August 13, 2013

Amazing blog, loved readi glover the years...everything has to co e to an end and he ended it yesterday.... Recommend this to anyone

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