Appel: A Canadian in the French Foreign Legion Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Appel: A Canadian in the French Foreign Legion is the first-hand account of the author’s six years as a professional soldier during the 1990s, and his experience in the Legion's elite Groupe des Commandos Parachutistes (GCP). Joel Struthers recounts the dangers and demands of military life, from the rigours of recruitment and operational training in the rugged mountains of France, to face-to-face combat in the grasslands of some of Africa’s most troubled nations.
Told through the eyes of a soldier, and interspersed with humorous anecdotes, Appel is a fascinating story that debunks myths about the French Foreign Legion and shows it more accurately as a professional arm of the French military. Struthers provides insight into the rigorous discipline that the Legion instills in its young recruits - who trade their identities as individuals for a life of adventure and a role in a unified fighting force whose motto is “Honour and Loyalty”.
Foreword by Col. Benoit Desmeulles, former commanding officer of the Legions 2e Régiment Étranger Parachutistes.
From the Foreword: "Travelling through these pages, you will discover how a restless young Canadian turned himself into a professional soldier, and then a pathfinder immersed in a system that, even if could always be improved, remains a reference in terms of soldiering. You will appreciate the quasi-monastic life - made of satisfaction, celebration, hard training, operational commitments, but also of routine and service - of these soldiers who decided to leave everything they had to come and serve in the Legion. And finally you will discover from the inside this esprit de corps that empowers the Corps and helps these hommes sans noms to cope with the tensions of their new lives."
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 29 minutes|
|Author||Joel Adam Struthers|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 09 2021|
|Publisher||Wilfrid Laurier University Press|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #49,113 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#128 in Armed Forces Military History
#243 in Military & War Biographies
#1,174 in Military & Spies Biographies & Memoirs
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Rick Zyvitski, a retired Canadian Forces Pilot
What I will add, and to help put things in perspective, is that at the time of writing the REP would have been around 1200 strong. The GCP, comprising mainly of NCO's, was only 30 select, extremely fit, multi-skilled and intelligent individuals.
Appel literally goes above and beyond the regular regimental activities and into the heart of the GCP.
To accomplish what the author did during his time is very impressive.