Devils Guard

#1
I found my old p'back copy in my Mum's attic. It's approx. 20 years old, but intact - free to a good home. PM if you're interested.

F-M
 
#3
I agree with putteesinmyhands, you should try and auction it, should worth something.

Just finished reading it, a very old copy from 1972, but don't think I want to auction in just yet.. :wink:

...good read, there is a lot of controversy surrounding it, regarding to whether there actually was a battalion of Germans in the 'Legion Etrange'.

Peter
 
#4
PeterM88 said:
I agree with putteesinmyhands, you should try and auction it, should worth something.

Just finished reading it, a very old copy from 1972, but don't think I want to auction in just yet.. :wink:

...good read, there is a lot of controversy surrounding it, regarding to whether there actually was a battalion of Germans in the 'Legion Etrange'.

Peter
There is no controversy. The battalion simply did not exist. There were of course Germans in the Legion but never in their own units. Officers were with a few exceptions all French. I have read many books on the Legion (such as Douglas Porch's mammoth history) and the Indochina War (such as those by Bernard Fall and Martin Windrow) and this notional German battalion is not mentioned. Fall points out in one of his books that a the amount of ex Wehrmacht and SS soldiers in the Legion was exaggerated by the Commies for propaganda purposes.
 
#5
Much like the Feather Men and Bravo Two Zero. Fiction but a damn good read
 
#7
foxs_marine said:
I found my old p'back copy in my Mum's attic. It's approx. 20 years old, but intact - free to a good home. PM if you're interested.

F-M
I wish you'd found it last October before I forked out £50 for a copy! :x
 
#8
foxs_marine said:
I found my old p'back copy in my Mum's attic. It's approx. 20 years old, but intact - free to a good home. PM if you're interested.

F-M
My copy got water damaged and thrown out :cry:
First published in 1971, Devil's Guard purports to be the true confessions of a German SS officer, Hans Josef Wagemueller. Presented as fact, the book is generally categorised by merchandisers (Abe, for example) as fiction and by military historians as balderdash.

Elford's hero recounts his exploits - bloody and genocidal - as a soldier in the Waffen SS, fighting on the Eastern Front in the Second World War. The tone is savage and unapologetic. Nazi atrocities are, the narrative asserts (with multiple examples), wholly justified by the inhumanity of the Communist foe.

After the (much lamented) defeat of the Reich, Wagemueller escapes to be recruited into the French Foreign Legion. Under his new flag he fights for France in the Indo-Chinese war against the Communist Viet Minh. More abominable sub-humans, deserving only of extermination.

In the Legion with other former Nazis (some 900 of them) he leads the 'battalion of the damned' in daring, ruthless, guerrilla fighting behind enemy lines. Two sequels followed, in which Wagemueller ends up fighting under the American flag.

Elford is an elusive figure, scarcely more substantial in terms of popular image than his alleged warrior source, Wagemueller. Devil's Guard was, for a long time, an underground bestseller - most reading copies passing from hand to hand. No self-respecting imprint was keen to be associated with what was generally regarded as sickening neo-Nazi pornography.

Costs of pre-owned copies are, consequently, sky high. Any British soldier ordering Devil's Guard from amazon.co.uk could pay as much as £320 a copy.
 
#10
Mr Happy said:
ISTR that it wasn't a German Bn, just a lot of Germans that got lumped in together.
In the book (I have it in .pdf format) the unit is totally German, officers, the lot. They basically simply move from the SS to the Legion. In reality anyone joining the Legion did/does join as a private, no matter what their rank in a previous army, and has to go through basic training, though they might be promoted quickly afterwards. The book skims through this very quickly.Officers are French or at the very least French citizens. There may have been some Waffen-SS ex-rankers in the Legion, but ex-officers... hard to believe.

A lot of other stuff defies belief too. In the beginning the SS unit (with AA and anti-tank guns! In a "partisan-hunting unit"?) is simply sitting guarding a pass. This is in April/May 1945 when the Germans were throwing in everyone in desperate attempt to stop the Russians. Surely such a well-equipped unit would be on the front line? There was no such thing as keeping a reserve by this stage. I could go on and on... the escape from the Russians, the Americans letting them go. It's simply war porn and not even particularly good war porn at that.
 
#11
Hi Baboon6, any chance of a knock off of your pdf copy mate?
 
#12
I had the set of these. I thought that they were a good light read, especially the first ones, but nothing exceptional. The developed into fantasy with pilotless drones dropping bombs and never getting any new recruits. As for £320 on amazon - a fool and his money......
 

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#13
rockpile said:
I had the set of these. I thought that they were a good light read, especially the first ones, but nothing exceptional. The developed into fantasy with pilotless drones dropping bombs and never getting any new recruits. As for £320 on amazon - a fool and his money......
Hmmm, I fear your devils guard in't the same as his devils guard..
 
#15
Mr Happy said:
rockpile said:
I had the set of these. I thought that they were a good light read, especially the first ones, but nothing exceptional. The developed into fantasy with pilotless drones dropping bombs and never getting any new recruits. As for £320 on amazon - a fool and his money......
Hmmm, I fear your devils guard in't the same as his devils guard..
It sounded the same. Had a bloke with only one bollock as the main character and EMHO and was written by Elford.

I could be wrong though. The series went on for about half a dozen books.
 
#18
Detonator said:
Krazy_Ivan said:
Hi Baboon6, any chance of a knock off of your pdf copy mate?
Ooh! Me too! please please please! Lost my proper copy.
Can I have one as well please? Cheapest I can find it is about £40!
 
#19
putteesinmyhands said:
Have you seen the second hand price?

Auction it.

Yep, I got £42 for my copy on Ebay… Yanks right wingers love it and will pay good money for it.
 

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