Sadly books 2 and 3 are a bit pricey at about 40 each But I plan to get them sooner or later and read the rest of the series.
I first read this when I was in the army and it was passed around the platoon What an amazing tale This was recommended to me by someone with a military background, as a way to diversy my reading palate I expect the military details are therefore accurate, or at least accurate enough to satisfy a professional soldier Everything else, however, is questionable I feel like this book is the 50 shades of war novels It s pure wish fulfillment wrapped in text, calling itself literature despite being so poorly written it reads like a joke half the time Let s say 50 shades plays with the following theme if only there was a rich CEO ready to fall madly in love with Mousy Girl No 1 The Devil s Guard does the same thing, except its theme sounds like this if only there was a way to go to war and win every single battle, never have any moral dilemmas, never suffer messy wounds, be irresistible to all the local women If only books that deal in wish fulfillment are like junk food They tend to be bad for you in large quantities, but every now and again there comes along a book that is incredibly dangerous on its own The Devil s Guard is like that I can see why it would appeal to Western soldiers fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and other places like that Their daily life must be pretty bleak, and they are rarely able to retaliate properly against terrorists They are fighting losing battles most of the time, despite their skills, courage and determination, because the politicians back home are bad at managing the situation This is exactly the story of Hans Wagemueller and his battalion of the Damned So yes, I understand how this book would provide the most satisfying kind of escapism in that situation But I honestly think it s such a dangerous book It s a proper crash course into Nazism, because it teaches you how to dehumanise the enemy It makes you feel satisfied to read about mass murder commited on flimsy excuses by people who have no business taking the decision to pull the trigger It tells you that there are simply people who are lesser That any consideration for international law or human rights is a waste of time The characters are so nondescript that they could be anyone sure, they re called Hans and Erich and whatnot, but they have so little personality it s impossible to distinguish them even from each other Anyone can slip into their skin If you replace the Viet Minh with the Taliban, the jungle with the desert, and international communism with international terrorism, you could almost believe this book is about YOU And some people did exactly that, apparently In 2017, The Intercept published an article called The crimes of Seal Team 6 , in which it describes how some elite troops deployed abroad, apparently under the influence of this very novel, carried out all sorts of atrocities I found this out after finishing the book, while researching the dubious claim that it s anything but fiction I was not surprised Overall, I did not enjoy it, but I am grateful I got to read it It s a pretty rare book and it s hard to get your hands on a copy It was also interesting for me from a psychological point of view, which is why I awarded it two stars instead of one.
Like Starship Troopers , I read this very differently when I was a young soldier than I do now.
As a soldier, I was intrigued by how the German Legionnaires did things notwithstanding their, shall we say, looseness with the laws of war.
Now, when I re read it, I like how it shows the feel of soldiering, and the questions it raises about what is worthwhile to stop a war.
S While a smashing good action book read, contrary to some reports, it s fiction.
Seems to me to be good fiction and not a true story as claimed, mostly due to some of the details included by the author Statistically speaking they were bound to be some SS in the French Foreign Legion after WWII I doubt there were many or else the proof would have surfaced The usual blah, blah war is hell comments c est la guerre , and the author trying to impress you with the brutality of the former SS men You ll learn German watching Hogans Hero s An entertaining book if you like the genre.
Friggin AWESOME It took awhile to get into, but boy, once I did ol Hans had me in his grip Ahhh, the slaying Never thought I would enjoy it, but it did Not sure it was good for my temper thoughI ve wanted to bayonet people at random who slightly bother me
When I was a teenager I actually believed this novel was basically true, but when I reread it a few years ago right after rereading Philip Caputo s excellent Rumors of War, I could clearly see it for what it really is, cheesy pulp claptrap In Caputo s book there s an almost overpowering sense of filth and humidity He goes into great detail about how filthy the soldiers got after spending so much time in the field without bathing Meanwhile, in Devil s Guard, the Nazis are walking around in clean, pressed fatigues They rarely seemed to get dirty and never encountered that Vietnam memoir novel movie staple, the leech It s doubtful the author of Devil s Guard was ever anywhere close to an actual jungle.
This was not the front cover of the book I ve read, the book I ve read were far older, either way the content is the importantWell now this is a book about warThis is a rare book, which is not edited any my friend bought it for 60 and as I ve seen in some places, like or ebay it was a commom price for this book There are two which I saw they were even rarerThis book reminded me of the books written by Sven HaSSel, the swedish soldier who fought for the germans in WWII Vivid images and you feel like you are right there fighting and suffering along side them.
As well as Sven Hassel books this book has disputed autentic Nobody knows for certain if they existed but I say you this I read a lot about wars, fantasy, real and history and I must say that this two books have some particular not found in the others ones The reality is so brutal that for me both are true Sven Hassel books is another story He was in war but I think he used not only his stories but others soldiers stories.
First of allI do not hide that I am fascinated by the german machine of war They were the true aryan in the art of war Nobody could defeated them Nazism is other story I do not defend nazism but I have some similaries beliefs which I could be accounted with them I believe in my people and in my fatherland I don t like foreigners nor do I like mixture between races But, I wouldn t kill a person because he is different I don t think me of a superior being but I believe that there are differences between all races.
they have different creeds and religions, diferent states of goverment, different history and others things for all this I am against mixture of races and the global community Again I must say I don t believe myself superior to other human If this feelings are what you call them nazis, then I am one of them But I ask you this didn t you ever have a thought or act of racism No I doubt itAnother question would you die for your country would you kill for it No That I can believe but I ask you something else, would you die for your family and love ones Don t even start the answer with an NThere were several things that went wrong with the second world war First I don t agree with the persecution of the jews, but I don t believe the numbers the allies and the communist gave us of the killing of them first in 1946 47 they said that were around 7 milions, now in the worst scenario, you can read on any website history website, not pro nazi nor against nazi and in our history books that they were around 3 milions what happened with the 4 milions Don t forget, who build the armament of the war machine It was the prisioners and the jews they wouldn t kill them all but okay, I am not defending the nazis, I am just saying that the victor write history, even propaganda historySecond I didn t like Hitler, but one thing you well any person who is not stupid and closed minded that he when came to power, he arose the country to a top country of the world He built the country from the ashes of the WWI and built a war machine powerful than any country of the world German was bankrupted never forget that ahh, and in those times, in the earlies 30 s there weren t prisioned jews, so don t blame with them they evolved so rapidly that the world became scared again who were the first one to have highways who were the first one to have a event broadcast all over the world and even beyond olympics who were the first to have jet planes Even if they were stupidly not to used them they were undoubtly the most technological advanced country of the world for that I must take my hat for hitler and then I would smite him with my hat and anything else He was Stupid beyond belief He picked the jews, the world powerful jews Enfin What I am nazi for saying this Well do you like what the isrealits are doing so shut up please and continue readingNow, why I hate Hitler and NSDAP they were fanatical beyond belief first off, hitler tried to grabed the land which was stolen since the first world war that i don t condemn, it was their land, poland had capture some parts who belong to germany or prussia then they went west to france for revenge and puff 3 months if only they had stop there Now it enters the part were I hate the nazis until the invasion of france, holand and belgium the generals were in command afterwards Hitler wanted to be in command I don t know if he became maniac, or if it was influentia of other party menbers like himmler or goring but afterwards the undeafeated war machine became crumbling.
first the stupid invasion of england and then the worst thing of all the alliance with Japan If they had not allied nor tried to invade england, and concentrated the war efforts against russia they probably would succeced but alas it didn t.
So they fell Well, history over now back to the bookGeorge Elford the writer meets the ex French Foreign Legionnaire Wagemueller the mian character when both are having a friendly conversation about hunting rifles at a range Wagemueller says he was a kopfjaeger and he agrees to give a series of interviews to George Elford The total time of these tapes covers nearly 18 days Indeed, there is so much information that this information is covered in the books of Devils Guard II and III which I haven t read it 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 The march through Russian lines to Germany started with over one battalion of soldiers Most didn t make it, only about one out of six, and those that did escape from the Soviets joined the French Foreign Legion along with Hans.
The Germans were helped in a small Odessa like organization, an underground German organization that did try to help German War Veterans However, this organization was quickly crushed by the Allies by 1947 at the latest Most of the Waffen SS who joined the French Foreign Legion were a step ahead of the Allied hangman.
Note Wagemueller s journey through Russia to Germany is the stuff of legends A prequel novel of this adventure should have been written Hans treats the journey as not much than an arduous side note to the greater tale of Vietnam Hans is brutally honest in his opinions about the Allies in WWII.
He thought the Soviets were sub human, Communism was a blot on humanity, and the Americans were nearly as bad as the Soviets in the debasement of Germany and its citizens.
These facts are not found in your typical Russian, American, or German history books The plain truth in Germany after WWII was it was the first war in which the common soldier was held responsible for collective crimes as individuals So, the American Army held the whole Waffen SS as guilty of war crimes in the prisoner massacrers during the Battle of the Bulge The French Foreign Legion was fighting a bloody war in Indochina The Foreign Legion has a policy of ignoring the past of any enlistee it s done to this day So, Hans joined the Foreign Legion and spent the next five years fighting against the fiercely determined Viet Min guerrillas At first the French have old war hatred against the ex German solders soldats However, after a French Foreign Legion battalion is destroyed to the last man by the Communists the commanding officer of the German Legionnaires, Colonel Hassong, gives the German Waffen SS a free hand in offensive operations The Germans, when out of the French Garrison fort, actually adopt their old rank structure again and address each other in German The French Waffen SS adopt their old anti terrorist Soviet tactics against the Viet Min Colonel Hassong drily comments that the reason why the German Waffen SS were so hated by the Allies was not because of war crimes but because they are so darn good at their jobs When the French would put the Waffen SS into a sector the insurgent activities would quickly die off, either the Communists would flee or be killed Indeed, the French Waffen SS does some amazingly good attacks on very little effort.
The Germans think outside of the box when fighting the Communists Few other units would be their equal This book will quickly explain why the USA lost the war in Vietnam and could lose the war on Islamic Terrorists Bluntly, war is war and there are few real innocents in any area Strumfuerher Wagemueller and his Waffen SS soldats knew the score terrorists must be hunted down and exterminated Presently, Western Civilization, with its many P.
C encumbrances, may not be up to the task of eliminating the true threat that all of terrorism is making toward civilization Conversely, Wagemuller tolerated no rape nor individual war crimes in his command which was a pratice in the German War Machine Rommel was one of the old general breed which didn t tolerate raping or other crimes It is docuument as several german soldiers die after raping or so Several soldiers who admitted to a rape and were nearly summarily executed.
Wagemueller s ways of waging war are hinted at in the director s cut version of the movie Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando s character, playing the mad Colonel Kurtz, says that he could win the war in Vietnam if he had 250,000 of the right kind of soldiers Kurt s character was actually referring to the dedicated, tough, and determined Germans who crushed the Communists in the early 1950s Wagemueller had mostly contempt for America s way of waging war The American soldiers were ill trained The officers were poor leaders who often were just ninety day wonders with little training than the common troops I consider this book a clear introduction to the mental psychology needed to wage an anti terrorist war.
First, you must have well trained soldiers to wage a successful anti terrorist war Activated Guard units with a limited tour of duty soldiers are not the equal of well trained and well led anti terrorist fighters like Wagemueller s Waffen SS Legion Second, you must have a hearts and mind program Wagemueller and his people actually debated a Communist Commissar.
The people of the villages will listen to a reasoned debate Third, the sources of terrorist activity must be destroyed Hans and his Waffen SS battalion were fantastic at finding terrorist bases, destroying them and exterminating the terrorists More than one raid was made into Communist China and destroyed millions of dollars worth of supplies Last, the anti terrorist military army must be backed up by a willing government and press Unfortunately, the French government and French press both undermined the Waffen SS war on the French war on terror.
In less than five weeks in 1953 the press cut off support for the successful anti terror operations In less than three years the French lost Indo China Wagemueller and his Waffen SS soldiers all resigned from the French Foreign Legion Most returned back to Germany Many, like Wagemueller, took Asian wives and lived in their new adopted homeland The Fatherland was destroyed in 1945 and they had no wish to return to something wrecked and violated.
This is a book about warriors.
Now I will put some references at how to fight terrorismThe unawareness of existence of communism, but patriotic fighting, the white man bring misery, rape and diseases this was how many commissars told the backwards people of vietnam who were the white people this reminds me of how the native american saw the europeans They did a contest between a commissar chinese and a german The war of mindThe interview of the german to newspappers The pressure of information sometimes it s not good to have so much information We see it each day in a couple of weeks ago, the pope was debating something in a university and quote some medieval literature, the media to sell newspapers and audiance, told and show only that part that provoked some stupid resistance from the arabs and even kill some people on the progress, who were the evil doers the arabs or the journalists Some tactics of the German to Viet Min Arsenic in water and rat poison They put women and children from a village which they knew they were colaborators for the terrorists in their trunks and start yelling the name of their husbands and sons, telling them their sons and womens were in the cars so they would kill them also When leaving a place like headquarters or a garrison to strike the terrorists, they left in the wrong direction and then went into the jungle and move into the right direction Other was to make a fake camp in a place then sleep around the it The communist song to elude the viet mi and catch them anaware The constant regards against the french generals, which don t win a war since napoleon Leaving behind some snipers when the main army passed a field or a town if the peasents try to contact the guerrila they would be shotViet Min to French They cut their right and then their left arms, then broke their legs, and then shot them in the head They went into a garrison, and kill them all, and strip them off Afterwards they would put bombs in everything, in the corps, and things laying around One effective was to put excrements in a well to poison them The old people fighting and the use of childs to catch anaware the french soldiers The kill of innocent, even people with a red cross in plain view And the worst of all, the use of propaganda When a village was killed by a plague or if the communist kill it, they would put them in some horrific way, then take shots with a camera and blame the germans nazis the publish in all newspappers and sent to the free World One thing he said that I enjoyed a lot Hans had a theory if they wanted to fight communists the free world would have to build Iron Walls around all the countries of communist and then stop broadcasting, signalling, and talking with them they should block everything When the journlist asked what about the french and everywhere communists Well if they liked it so much they should be sent to communists countries they in their countries had everything, a job, free speech and everything all, everything the communists don t go well with the communists in the free world are stupid, because they didn t live in a communist world, so they are living a illusion.
Well this was a great book, everything was great, I would give it 100%.
I suggest this book to everyone, special the united states generals and military.
This book must be put in practise if the world want to fight terrorists as the american should have done in the vietnam war and in the afegnistan and Iraq oh well