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Devil's Guard: The Real Story [Paperback]

Eric Meyer
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31 Aug 2010
Following the myths and legends about Nazis recruited by the French Foreign Legion to fight in Indochina, Eric Meyer's new book is based on the real story of one such former Waffen-Ss man who lived to tell the tale. The Legion recruited widely from soldiers left unemployed and homeless by the defeat of Germany in 1945. They offered a new identity and passport to men who could bring their fighting abilities to the jungles and rice paddies of what was to become vietnam. These were ruthless, trained killers, brutalised by the war on the Eastern Front, their killing skills honed to a razor's edge. They found their true home in Indochina, where they fought and became a byword for brutal military efficiency.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Swordworks (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906512450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906512453
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric is UK author of over fifteen books. He is a graduate of University College, Cardiff, where he studied politics. He served part-time in the Commandos, the Royal Marines Reserve, reaching the rank of Colour Sergeant. During his service he was seconded to take part in and lead a number of sensitive and classified missions, as well as undertake instructor assignments in a number of Special Forces schools. During this time he pursued a full-time career as an independent coach and consultant, working with various blue chip and smaller organisations. Eric Meyer has developed a specialty as a motivational coach, and drew heavily on his military experience to give his clients the tools for leadership, initiative and audacity that are the mark of the small unit commander.

Working with a number of authors and experts, he has been co-writer on a number of self-improvement and motivational titles. As an author, his books are sold all over the world in paperback, hardback and ebook format. He writes mainly in the genres of military thriller, and detective thriller. Indeed, his first novel, Devil's Guard, The Real Story, is a fact based novel based on the French IndoChina war in what is now known as Vietnam. With a number of novels set during World War II on the Eastern Front, as well as novels of the Vietnam War, his military experience is reflected in a range of war fiction titles. The detective thrillers are based on an NYPD detective, Gabriel de Sade, a Special Forces veteran.

He has also presented a number of documentary films, mostly exploring historical subjects ranging from early Christian history to the mystical brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci.

Eric is married with three children, and still pursues his military and historical research in his available spare time. He is also a keen runner, and has achieved success in a number of road and off-road races, including fell-running, the challenging sport of competitive running across hill ranges in the countryside. Throughout his career he has combined his extensive and growing knowledge of military affairs with his zest for the latest motivational tools to produce novels that will both thrill and entertain the reader. Current projects include research into the causes and progress of the war in Afghanistan. Currently, Eric Meyer is a full-time novelist.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off writer. 27 Dec 2012
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Bought this book after reading Robert Elford's, Devils guard.
Its the same story re-written and not a patch on the original.
Try and get the Elford's book its an incredible story.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The real story? 26 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I read Elford's Devil's Guard when I was about 14 (that was in the 1970s) and was dubious about how true it was, so I was attracted to this title to see whether it really did tell the real story of the Foreign Legion in Vietnam. Far from it. The narrator claims to be a former Sturmbannfuhrer of the Das Reich division and that division's most decorated officer. The decorations he claims are similar to those of Das Reich's most decorated officer, who was a Sturmbannfuhrer (and who was responsible for the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre) but he was killed in action in October 1944. The narrator's ex-Waffen SS comrades in the Foreign Legion are former members of the Leibstandarte, Das Reich and Totenkopf divisions - why only those three? They are said to be experienced in anti-Partisan warfare but if you wanted Waffen SS men with extensive anti-Partisan experience, you would get them from the Prinz Eugen or Florian Geyer divisions - one suspects that the author has never heard of them. One of the the narrator's squad has lost an eye and sports a black eye-patch - would the Legion really have accepted a one-eyed recruit in 1946 or '47? Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wannabe? 2 Feb 2014
By ridders
Format:Kindle Edition
The author claims to have served in the Royal Marines Reserve, reaching the rank of Colour Sergeant and states that during his service he was seconded to take part in and lead a number of sensitive and classified missions, as well as undertake instructor assignments in a number of Special Forces schools. I, as a retired Royal Marine WO2, can say that this sounds unlikely, dubious and improbable. Reservists would never, ever - I repeat never, ever - be selected to take part in sensitive and classified operations, nor would a reservist have any useful skills or experience to teach Special Forces Operators.

After reading the first 40 pages of Devils Guard and scanning forward a few chapters I could not finish this book, it was not believable as the author clearly has no first hand experience of military operations, his characterisations are weak and lacking depth, I could not relate to or empathise with them. Mr Meyer should look at writing books of a different genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed 23 Sep 2013
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I found this to be a relatively weak attempt to write a Jazzed up summary of fictional work. I won't bother with the follow up books
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Devil's Guard: The Real Story 8 Aug 2011
By 265080
Format:Paperback
The best bit about this book was making a perfect pitch with it into the waste paper basket from across the room. Who said I throw like a girl? I seem to be in the minority here but I found it insulting that this book could be marketed as a valid military biography, or even as an engaging work of fiction. It's a badly researched and badly written collection of the worse sort of "shoot 'em up" clichés bound together in a bogus historical wrapper. Try Guy Sajer's "The Forgotten Soldier" The Forgotten Soldier (Cassell Military Paperbacks)for a much more intelligently written (if equally historically suspect) memoir of the French in Indo-China.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 9 July 2014
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Very enjoyable for me but certain readers may not find the story's so entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars revisit 19 May 2014
By Tommie
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I READ THIS BOOK 20 YEARS AGO I LOVE WAR STORIES AS GOOD AND DESCRIPTIVE AS THIS AND IT BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF READING GREAT TALES ABOUT VIETNAM. IF THIS IS YOUR SORT OF THING, BUY YOU WONT BE DISSAPOINTED
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suprised 16 Mar 2014
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I was a little nervous of this book at first but as I read the story I couldn't put it down. It was a great history lesson
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Plausibility plus!
The first book by this author that I have read .have been pleasantly surprised.a really good read.I will be looking to
Find more by Mr Meyer.
Published 4 months ago by johnski
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY VERY VERY GOOD DEAD
DEVILS GUARD THE BEST READ EVER ERIC MEYER IS GREAT WILL NOW DOWNLOAD THE REST OF THE DEVILS GUARD BOOKS
Published 9 months ago by ian foster
2.0 out of 5 stars Pure fantasy
Not a bad action book, but a totally misleading title. There were many former Wehrmact soldiers who enlisted in the legion after the end of WWll, including some former SS... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hercule Poirot
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I bought this after reading the Devils Guard in the early 80's.It runs along the same lines but I prefer the original!
Published 10 months ago by N G Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Another interesting follow up of the aftermath and fall-out from the Second World War. A superb book showing the stunning courage, comradeship and tactics, telling a too often... Read more
Published 10 months ago by 132man
5.0 out of 5 stars very goog
very good book to have on my kindle will tell my mate about it what a good book to read
Published 13 months ago by rod
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Fascinating story which is, at the very least, based on true events resulting from the end of the 2nd World War and the rise of subsequent troubles in various parts of the world.
Published 14 months ago by John Everard
4.0 out of 5 stars book
read this book many years ago but gave it away and as you all know never lend books, it is a good read if you like this sort of thing
Published 14 months ago by BRD
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