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The personal account of a guerrilla fighter in the French Foreign Legion reveals the Nazi Battalion's inhumanities to Indochinese villagers.

©1971 George Robert Elford (P)2017 Tantor

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Devilish understanding “Why Vietnam was a bust for USA

Great Vietnam history. Why we walked in to a hornets nest. I really enjoyed a look into the Indochina war in North Vietnam- why didn’t we study and use history’s past lesson

Recommended reading for Vietnamese war history. Well written.

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Fiction ?

If this is fiction it is poorly written. ------ If this is fact then this should be read by everyone in the US armed services.

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A must read for every leg, airborne, ranger or SOF member!

I read this on deployment and though my Deutsch has faded into oblivion, I managed to
Work though the pronunciation of the names and most of the words. I listened to the audio book years later and it still reverberates the sentiments I had while fighting terrorism for the US. I passed the book around and everyone who read it has the same thought ,”If we fought like this, the war would be over and I’d be sitting at home with my family right now”. Same fight, different enemy. If you changed the names and places, you could imagine this being written by a rogue special operations unit fighting ISIS or the Taliban.

The story moves quickly, covering a lot of ground but offers just enough detail to imagine yourself in the same position. Yes, there is a fair amount of Nazi/SS sympathizing and from a front line troop looking in on the unforgivable atrocities committed by death camp staff, you can vaguely see their point. If you can understand their Nazi mentality and not let that be the driving force behind the book but see the effectiveness of the guerrilla tactics, the method of bullet for bullet, bomb for bomb, murder for murder, and how an enemy force that doesn’t abide by modern rules of war(Geneva Convention), you will see that their methods were effective and the only way to fight against an enemy like this.

This book is truly a great read for anyone who has served in a combat position. To think that this book was published in 1971, and probably written years before, it’s crazy, even if you think it is a work of fiction.

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Intense Creative Counter Insurgency Soldiers

What made the experience of listening to Devil's Guard the most enjoyable?

It shows just how brutal you need to be to hope to succeed at counterinsurgency warfare.

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amazing story and characters, a good glimpse into the jungles of indochina and the fight against the savagery of communism