Devil's Guard by George R. Elford

By George R. Elford

The private account of a guerrilla fighter within the French international Legion, unearths the Nazi Battalion's inhumanities to Indochinese villagers.

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He spoke hesitantly, as though fearing to hear my answer. I knew what he was thinking. " I told him. "You will never make it. We have roadblocks at every village. " "The Russians had roadblocks too, Lieutenant," I answered firmly. " He stepped to the jeep and withdrew a carton of Camels, trying to smile. " "So I have heard. You Americans seem to have plenty of nearly everything—except common sense and political wisdom. You keep your cigarettes. " His face clouded. My refusal sent him back to his former worries about their immediate future.

He wore Tyrolean leder-hosen and a high-necked pullover; an old hat was pushed high on his forehead. Puffing away at a curved clay pipe, he seemed to concentrate on a floating cork that supported the line of his improvised fishing rod, a long cane. Beside him rested a wicker basket with six small Karpfen, some of them still wiggling. He was perfectly hidden in the riverside meadow and had I not decided to have a quick wash-up, I would have bypassed the place where he sat without ever noticing him.

He had enlisted in the Legion with the bogus papers of a Swiss clerk from the city electric board of Zurich. At the beginning of our new careers we were still careful to avoid any conflict between our filed background stories and our practical military behavior and always feigned the awkwardness that a greenhorn should display. "For God's sake don't try to perform here," we warned Schulze on our first shooting exercise. " "Oh, damn it all," Erich snapped, grabbing his rifle. "Few people are playing more army games than the Swiss.

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