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.
The ashes of World War II were still cooling when France went to war in the jungles of Southeast Asia. In that struggle, its frontline troops were the misfits, criminals, and mercenaries of the French Foreign Legion. And among that international army of the desperate and the damned, none were so bloodstained as the fugitive veterans of the German S.S.
WHAT THEY DID IN VIETNAM WAS ITS UGLIEST SECRET—UNTIL NOW.
Loathed by the French, feared and hated by the Vietnamese, the Germans fought not for patriotism of glory but because fighting for France was better than hanging from its gallows. Here now is the untold story of the killer elite whose discipline, ferocity, and suicidal courage made them the weapon of last resort.
The devils guard
One of the best books I’ve ever read
Keeps you engage from start to finish
I have read this book 3 times start to finish. I am neither a war fanatic or, as some other reviews have suggested, a Nazi fanatic. I am am veteran of Iraq and feel that in many ways this book has correctly depicted the dedication to cause. It highlights the need to make hard choices, deplete of emotion, based on orders received from those entrusted with carrying out larger scale objectives. Thrash this book for historical accuracy and pin it to the board with skepticism about fact or fiction.... Ultimately, a great novel. A great read that is difficult to quit despite tired eyes.