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French mercenary Bob Denard dies aged 78

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/15/wdenard115.xml

Bob Denard, the French mercenary and patriot famed among his peers for fomenting a series of uprisings and coups across Africa, died in Paris at the weekend aged 78.

Denard, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, is believed to have been the model for Cat Shannon, the mercenary in Frederick Forsyth's novel The Dogs of War.

His raid on Stanleyville, Congo, in which he rescued white civilians encircled by rebels in 1964 is said to have inspired the film The Wild Geese.

The fiercely anti-communist mercenary epitomised enduring French influence on the continent.

The French government has always sought to retain a strong presence in its former African colonies, sometimes backing their leaders by stationing its own troops in them, and sometimes turning to less orthodox methods.

Though officials would not admit to it, Denard often claimed the Elysée's approval for his adventures and described himself as "the pirate of the Republic".
What a character!

RIP
 
#2
Taz_786 said:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/15/wdenard115.xml

Bob Denard, the French mercenary and patriot famed among his peers for fomenting a series of uprisings and coups across Africa, died in Paris at the weekend aged 78.

Denard, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, is believed to have been the model for Cat Shannon, the mercenary in Frederick Forsyth's novel The Dogs of War.

His raid on Stanleyville, Congo, in which he rescued white civilians encircled by rebels in 1964 is said to have inspired the film The Wild Geese.

The fiercely anti-communist mercenary epitomised enduring French influence on the continent.

The French government has always sought to retain a strong presence in its former African colonies, sometimes backing their leaders by stationing its own troops in them, and sometimes turning to less orthodox methods.

Though officials would not admit to it, Denard often claimed the Elysée's approval for his adventures and described himself as "the pirate of the Republic".
What a character!

RIP
Already been done jihadi moron, spat at any yids today ?
 
#3
The mercanary Frederick Forsyth's character was not Denard but an Irish merc who I can't remember his name at the moment. The film Wild Geese was modelled on Mad Mike Hoare. Who actually was paid as a technical director to the film.

Denard was bit of a walt. He had actually had a Police background not military. But he still walked around in a French Foriegn Legion Beret.
 
#4
CWO_Rtd said:
Denard was bit of a walt. He had actually had a Police background not military. But he still walked around in a French Foriegn Legion Beret.
Not entirely true - Denard served in the para-military Colonial Police (part of the Gendarmerie &, therefore, part of the Army), and prior to that he served in the "Infanterie Marine"; later absorbed into RPIMA, French Army's special forces regt..
 
#6
He wasn't wearing FFL beret; the green beret he was wearing is actually the same as the FFL but with a different badge written "Orb Patria Nostra" (The earth is our Motherland), a copy of the FFL's motto "Legio Patria Nostra".

This beret was the headgear of the Comoroes "Garde Présidentielle", a locally recruited unit officered mostly by French mercs with Denard as their CO.

During Apartheid times, the South Africans helped Denard quite a lot because he allowed them to have a listening post aimed at Africa on the Comoroes soil.
 
#7
Guys,
Being French I have not much to do in that Forum but since I do sincerely believe that British are the best troops in the world, and that I'm passing by, I would like to post an additional comment:
1-The normal GP cap badge for the green beret was the one in my avatar, using the former Green Comoros flags. ( Stars for each islands and the half moon- Crescant for Islam). The same insignia with in red ORBS PATRIA NOSTRA was attribuated to the foreign officers only ( with a number), Col. Denard wanted all of us to be wearing the same attributes without distinctions with Comorians. We were wearing the Red Insignia only for Ceremonies like the 13 Mai (anniversary of the first operation in Comoros), Col Denard Birthday, Christmas and 1st of January.... and maybe now for the 13 October... Later on we have seen guys in Zaire, wearing it and making it as Mercs symbol....
2- Green Berets were the same and often from the FFL. Col.Denard did wear also the red airborne French beret in Congo with Metro or Colo insignias....
3- Bob Denard was also wearing the french Para wings but never jumped... ask once why then he wear it, he said that the important was the spirit...
4- Denard had first navy experience in Indochina war, but nothing heroic... a misunderstanding of navy rank and army ranks make him recruited as mercenay officer then he did build his long and glorious History....

Hope that is useful! In any case what a Man!!!
Times have changed.....

Orbs Patria Nostra!

Cdt Paul
 

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#8
CdtPaul said:
Guys,
Being French I have not much to do in that Forum but since I do sincerely believe that British are the best troops in the world, and that I'm passing by, I would like to post an additional comment:
1-The normal GP cap badge for the green beret was the one in my avatar, using the former Green Comoros flags. ( Stars for each islands and the half moon- Crescant for Islam). The same insignia with in red ORBS PATRIA NOSTRA was attribuated to the foreign officers only ( with a number), Col. Denard wanted all of us to be wearing the same attributes without distinctions with Comorians. We were wearing the Red Insignia only for Ceremonies like the 13 Mai (anniversary of the first operation in Comoros), Col Denard Birthday, Christmas and 1st of January.... and maybe now for the 13 October... Later on we have seen guys in Zaire, wearing it and making it as Mercs symbol....
2- Green Berets were the same and often from the FFL. Col.Denard did wear also the red airborne French beret in Congo with Metro or Colo insignias....
3- Bob Denard was also wearing the french Para wings but never jumped... ask once why then he wear it, he said that the important was the spirit...
4- Denard had first navy experience in Indochina war, but nothing heroic... a misunderstanding of navy rank and army ranks make him recruited as mercenay officer then he did build his long and glorious History....

Hope that is useful! In any case what a Man!!!
Times have changed.....

Orbs Patria Nostra!

Cdt Paul
très intéressant, merci
 

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