Devil's Guard Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1988
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The book is in essence a confessional, though perhaps with the antagonist bearing no guilt, only a desire to reveal man's inhumanity to man, in its rawest and most unexpurgated terms. This ultimately means that the reader is confronted with chapter after chapter of how a Nazi and his platoon of fellow ideologues fought, shot, bayoneted, tortured and poisoned the Viet Minh; these scenes are depicted in their unflinching brutality in a way seldom captured by purveyors of war-memoirs, whether they be the literati of the late Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead, or Andy McNab's tale of dubious authenticity, Bravo Two Zero.
The Devil's Guard does indeed have the whiff of verisimilitude, not to mention sulphur. However, the book is an "as told to" story, whereby Wagemueller met the author in a bar in the capital city of a small, unnamed Asian country - and then dictated this testament into a microphone over the subsequent eighteen days. As such, the book is entirely uncorroborated, as far as I can determine. If it is fiction, it is an exceptional rendering. If, as this reader believes, the story is essentially true, then author George Robert Elford has succeeded in capturing a remarkable document. A book such as this is a rare artefact indeed. Bloody, uncompromising, disturbingly vicious, relentlessly compelling, The Devil's Guard is a shocking revelation, unmatched in its intensity.
The writer is very skilled in making you feel sorry at times for the evil SS which I was surprised at. He is also skilled at telling a very gripping story of jungle warfare and the various weapons and tactics used and he has clearly some personal military history himself or he has done his homework very well.
It's been a very long time since I have purchased a Kindle book that I looked forward to every night before bed.
Reading it again I find myself unable to accept the story, as I originally did, as pure factual history. I am left trying to decide if the events re-counted ever happened or if the happened exactly as written or if a certain amount of 'artistic license' has occurred.
REgardless of the answer it is a good, well-written story and the comments regarding the reasons for the ultimate defeat of the French in Indo-china should have sounded a clarion call to the US in Viet-Nam, proving to be horrendously prophetic.
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Terribly written piece of pulp fiction. No way is it actually the real account of someone's experience narrated to the writer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dunk
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Not how I remember when first read in '70s. How we hated the commies!!!Published 3 months ago by Joolz
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