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Post re: France: on the French Foreign Legion (Alain de Benoist, France)
Created by John Eipper on 08/21/07 6:18 PM - re-france-on-the-french-foreign-legion-alain-de-benoist-france

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re: France: on the French Foreign Legion (Alain de Benoist, France) (John Eipper, USA, 08/21/07 6:18 pm)

Alain de Benoist writes:

The book *The Devil's Guard*, cited by Vincent Littrell (18 August), is most
probably a fictional story. The author of this book published in 1971, George
Robert Elford, presents the story in the words of 'Hans Josef Wagemueller,'
who is supposed to have fought in the Waffen SS during WWII. In 1945,
Wagemueller enlists in the French Foreign Legion. Sent to Indochina, he is
put in command of an all-German battalion (around 900 soldiers) comprised of
former Nazi troops who, like Wagemueller, fled to the Legion. Their
mission is to disrupt the communist Viet Minh in their rear supply
areas.

Three problems: 1) There was no Waffen SS named Hans Josef
Wagemueller. 2) There was no Legionnaire named Hans Josef Wagemueller.
3) There was never any all-German battalion in the Foreign Legion.

Wikipedia says: "It is debatable as to whether or not the book is exaggerated
fact, or outright fiction. The book is presented by Elford as the words of
Wagemueller, who lived in Nepal at time of the book's publication. In the
preamble, Elford claims to have met the man and arranged for him to dictate
the events of his military life into a microphone over 18 days. It is
documented that ex-SS soldiers both joined the French Foreign Legion and
fought in the French Indochina War, although the book's claim that a unit
comprised solely of Germans is unsupported by evidence presented by many
Legion historians, records and books on the French Indochina War. Skeptics
have stated that the 'Nazis in Indochina' myth came from communist bloc
sources during the war. Elford claims his only contribution to the book is in
the capacity of an editor, changing the names of soldiers and military
verbiage. Critics however, point to the fact that much of the military power
possessed by the characters is anachronistic, the SS seems to have almost
superhuman fighting ability and the heavy anti-communist dialogue (as well as
supposed war crimes being committed by whosoever the protagonists kill en
masse). The access to military records should also allow for the exact tracing
of units in which Wagemueller and his comrades served, but only the name of
Wagemueller's unit in eastern Europe, the 21st Special Partisanjaeger
Commando, is mentioned in *Devil's Guard*. Supporters point to the fact that
Elford is following Wagemueller's request that his details not be made
traceable. Critics also point to the serialization of the book (it spawned two
sequels, despite the fact the original ended towards the end of the war, 700
days from Dien Bien Phu in 1954 according to the narrator)."

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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA




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