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by George R. Elford

  • ISBN: 0440614236
  • Category: History
  • Author: George R. Elford
  • Subcategory: Military
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Delta; US Reprint Edition edition (March 1, 1995)
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • FB2 size: 1963 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
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Devil's Guard Mass Market Paperback – November 15, 1972. by George R. Elford (Author). Book 1 of 3 in the Devil's Guard Series

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What they DID in world war II was history's bloodiest nightmare. This fantastic story of conflict was written by George Robert Elford and was based on the first-hand interviews with "Hans Josef Wagemueller", a former Waffen SS "kopfjaeger" (head hunter) who miraculously survived the horrors of the Eastern front in World War II. Hans led a large group of German Waffen SS troops through Russian lines trying to reach Western Europe after he learned of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.

Elford George Robert. Читать онлайн Devil's Guard. Elford George Robert. George Robert Elford. George Robert Elford DEVIL’S GUARD INTRODUCTION Working in the Far East as a zoologist I met many interesting people and, occasionally, a few truly extraordinary individuals. One of them was the real author of this manuscript: Hans Josef Wagemueller, the one time SS Partisan-Jäger-guerrilla hunter-who later became an officer of the French Foreign Legion in Indochina, now known as Vietnam.

Devil's Guard George Robert Elford BOMB FOR BOMB, BULLET FOR BULLET, MURDER FOR MURDER. In 1954 the French were trying to fight the Viet Minh with armored convoys and isolated. In 1954 the French were trying to fight the Viet Minh with armored convoys and isolated garrisons.

Condemned to death for the bloodbaths of World War II, they served their sentence-on the killing fields of Vietnam. The fascinating, true story of the French Foreign Legion’s Nazi battalion WHAT THEY DID IN WORLD WAS II WAS HITORY’S BLOODIEST NIGHTMARE.

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SUMMARY: The Incredible Story Behind the French Foreign Legion's Nazi Battalion in Indochina

SUMMARY: The Incredible Story Behind the French Foreign Legion's Nazi Battalion in Indochina. Back in print after almost 20 years, this book is to the printed word what Gillo Pontecorvo's "The battle of Algiers" is to film. The Devil's Guard" does not debate the issue of how much force should be used by democracies when confronted by foes they consider barbarous and cruel, rather it is a catalogue of the tactics used once the decision has been made to win at all costs. A must read and a valuable addition to the never ending debate of what is acceptable when countries go to war.

George Robert Elford. A DELL BOOK Published by Dell Publishing C. Inc. 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza New York, New York 10017. To my dear Canadian friend, Roy Cooke. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Publisher, except where permitted by law. For information address Delacorte Press, New York, New York.

The personal account of a guerrilla fighter in the French Foreign Legion, reveals the Nazi Battalion's inhumanities to Indochinese villagers.
Reviews about Devil's Guard (7):
I've read too many war biographies or "war stories" for not being suspicious when reading a book of this kind. Too many times, and especially when the author writes under an assumed name, the author's background and achievements, if true at all, become embellished. Only after a few pages into this book I became suspicious. Wagemueller is very vague about his background. Wagemueller claims that he was a "Kopf Jager" and Sturmfuhrer in the Waffen-SS. Nowhere does he mention what military unit he belonged to and how he and his unit came to end up in Liberec/Czechoslovakia at the war's end.

"Kopf Jager" is slang for Waffen-SS Feld Gendarm which means that he belonged to a Waffen-SS Division although he doesn't mention which one. Towards the end of the war in April 1945 remnants of several Waffen-SS divisions fell back into eastern Czechoslovakia from Poland and Hungary. Some of them including 3rd Totenkopf, 10th Frundsberg, 5th Viking and 9th Hohenstaufen were reorganized into attacking Soviet forces in Austria where eventually most of them kapitulated in May, 1945. Only one Waffen-SS division, the 20th Estonian-I Waffen-SS Panzer division, fell back from Poland and was positioned in Liberec, north of Prague, where it eventually kapitulated in the beginning of May, at the same time Wagemueller claims he was there. This division was made up by Estonians and with very few German nationals. Moreover, unlike many Waffen-SS divisions, the 20th Estonian-I didn't have its own Feld Gendarmerie.

From this I see the following possibilities:

i) The author is not German as he claims but he is Estonian.
ii) The author wasn't a "Kopf Jager" or Feld Gendarm but something else, maybe a cook.
iii) He was never at Liberec because he belonged to another division but wanted to disguise his background. For what reason?
iv) The author was a Wehrmacht soldier who wants to embellish his background pretending to be a SS-Sturmfuehrer.
v) The author was never in Indochina but relies on war stories from others.
vi) Purely fiction. Publishing year is 1971. Someone wrote this book in order to educate the US public on how the war in Vietnam ought to be fought.
vii) All is true and accurate, however unlikely.

These questions lingered in my mind when reading the rest of the book. I know It to be true that many Germans and former Waffen-SS and Wehrmacht soldiers fought in the Foreign Legion in Indochina and that some units were made up by Germans only. I do think that the author probably did participate in that war. Too much, such as names and places, are correctly described for not to be true. However, based on my own experience with guerilla warfare, I have a hard time believing his account of the operations and the battles he supposed to have fought. I found many of them to be over the top exaggerated. Although Wagemueller seems to know about guerilla warfare he seems to make it easier than it really is. However I do agree with the author about what it takes do defeat a guerilla such as Vieth Minh or Viet Cong.

In the end I read the book more as fiction based on historical facts and I found it to be an easy and interesting read.
This was a great book. If you are a fan of the more diabolical parts of WW2 history, the story of rogue S.S officers fighting in Indochina will be up your ally. It is a novelization of what a counterinsurgency that you wanted to win would look like. No hearts and minds, just victory. The sections on the horrors of communism are great. Perhaps all the college educated elites that want to turn America into a communist hell hole should pay attention.

"It may hypnotize the people but it can never convince them of anything because communism is the biggest fraud ever conceived by a few wicked men who wanted to get rich through robbery and murder." The most succinct definition of communism/socialism/free stuff I have ever read.

I can see why this book was popular with the troops in our endless war's in the M.E. They know what needs to be done to win instinctively. The politicians included the four star variety enjoy the riches they get from an endless war.

Where is Hans Josef Wagemueller when you need him.
Lot of noise about this book, about the author, authenticity. I for one find the details of the various campaigns too much to argue against. Bottom line - we have Nazis battling Communists in Indochina about 1950. Now there are very few books where a Nazi is the good guy, and to see what I mean one must read the book. The protagonists make no excuses, and do not shy away from the war as far as what their own perspective is or was. They took their "talents" to Vietnam, via the FFL, and showed the Communist terrorists that there are others who can play it dirty. The Nazis butchered 6 million people, the book suggests that if this number horrifies you as it should, consider the post WW2 Communists, who butchered hundreds of millions of people, and literally enslaved hundreds of millions more. I am no apologist for the Nazi regime, however, they seem to get the wrap as being the most evil regime in world history. I disagree. They are a strong second or third, behind Stalin and the Soviets with their partners in genocide the Red Chinese, who killed upwards to a quarter of a billion people in 3 decades according to some estimates. Enough moralizing, the book is non stop action, and a valuable tool in anti-guerilla warfare. I found it fascinating and anyone who isnt a lefty weirdo would probably enjoy this book as much as I did.

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