`Since its creation in 1831, the French Foreign Legion has become the stuff of myth, fiction and dreams... Anyone thinking of joining up would be well advised to read this book first? - The Sun Herald
A real-life boy's own adventure, Marching With The Devil is an account of David Mason's five years in the infamous French Foreign Legion.
David Mason graduated from the Australian National University with a law degree and an honours degree. Like those around him, he could easily have settled for a life of share portfolios, good suits, new cars and big houses. But David wanted more ? he wanted a challenge, an adventure, something beyond the ordinary that would test him physically and mentally. He looked around to see what he could do. Working in an open-cut mine . . . done that. Running a marathon . . . hmm, not hard enough. Climbing Everest . . . maybe? Joining the French Foreign Legion . . . perfect!
Marching With The Devil is the gripping true story of what happened when an Australian lawyer left his comfortable existence and joined the legendary French Foreign Legion. He stayed for five years and served time in the elite Parachute Regiments. With the motto 'March or Die', the legion has a history of pain, grief and glory. David Mason takes us behind the myth to reveal exactly what happens: the adventure, the danger, the drinking, the fighting and the lies that sustain the legend.fore the final choice must be made.
`Remarkable... It's hard not to think it a shame that a man of such obvious gifts should have wasted them on the legion, just so as not to have to feel like a quitter, even if this book was the result? - The Age
`Marching with the Devil quickly turns into an insightful and honest account of an unpretentious Aussie's experiences in one of the most ramshackle and soul-destroying military organisations on Earth? - Courier Mail
`A strangely compulsive read about one man?s quest for self knowledge? - Men's Health Magazine
`Mason left a comfortable life in Australia to test himself in the crucible of the legion, and he writes about it 20 years after his service time necessary to give himself the distance and context he needed to write about an extraordinary and painful experience? - Sunday Mail Brisbane
Made Me Reconsider
Mason's sugar free account of legion life has made me reconsider my romanticized notions about enlisting. I would not be surprised to find that this was at least in part, a motive of his in writing the account. To save others the heartbreak he endured. I left the marine corps infantry with feelings disdain, dullness of mind, used up, and emotionally spent. I spent 3 years trying to forget the past and re-assimilate into society. Now that I have,I still missing the few beautiful things about my time in the service. They were few. I remember what It was like to be a lone intellectual, trapped in an institution full of men who, though courageous and deserving of much respect, could not relate on a higher plane of consciousness. I highly recommend to anyone considering joining the ranks of the legion.