A Journal of Nationalist Thought & History
Volume XI Number
TBR VIDEO REVIEW
Eyewitness Commentary Describing
By Michael Collins Piper
After THE BARNES REVIEW ran
dozens of written articles (1994-2004) by General Leon Degrelle,
he gained solid renown as a writer, and a loyal following from many
TBR readers, with his dramatic and personal style making the true
history of the era come alive. His writings reflected well his expertise
from highly successful electoral politicking, knowing personally
great WWII leaders like Churchill, Hitler, Franco and Mussolini,
and leading a regiment of Waffen-SS volunteers in four years of
bloody combat on WWII's Russian Front.
Illustration of cover of video
Authentic Revisionist History
BLITZKRIEG Part I
of the Degrelle Video Series
General Leon Degrelle
this volume, hear Gen. Leon Degrelle describe Hitler's Blitzkrieg,
as the fast-moving Nazi armies blitz Poland, Denmark, and
Norway in 1939-40, rewriting the rules of modern warfare
— against the opposition of Hitler's tradition-bound
generals, mired in WWI trench-warfare thinking.
Now (and many readers will say "finally") a new video
by LIFE & LIBERTY PRODUCTIONS (L&L) — being sold by
TBR BOOKS — gives us Gen. Degrelle himself, speaking directly
to the viewer with all his prodigious knowledge, his suave French
flourish and his inspiring charisma. In his 80s when this film was
first shot, just how many men can speak extemporaneously, fluidly
and with such a steel-trap for details of events that occurred almost
50 years ago? Well, as you well know, Degrelle is unique. It is
as if you are having a conversation with the general himself-a personal
audience-in your own living room about some of the most momentous
happenings of the era.
We do not see the general speaking to his many friends and admirers
in Spain from some distant podium. Instead he is talking —
speaking to you and me — directly facing the viewer, seated
comfortably and confidently in an armchair in his Spanish home with
its vibrant Mediterranean colors. It is as if the last of the WWII-era
leaders comes alive again in your own home. It is never a dry-as-bones
lecture; it is always a conversation where he is trying to motivate,
convince and inspire us as he did millions in Belgium as well as
the men in his regiment of the Waffen-SS.
For viewers who barely remember the skilled oratory of a John Fitzgerald
Kennedy or Ronald Reagan, and groan over the clumsiness of the two
Bushes or the high pitch of Bill Clinton's voice, it is refreshing
to see a man who has an expressive voice with a full vocal range
of tenor and baritone. This is a man who does not just sit there,
but instead uses all the flourishes of oratory and gesture —
a man of real conviction — that marked great political speechmaking
in the 1930s.
The 1930s were in fact Degrelle's formative years as the youthful
founder and leader of the Rexist Party in Belgium. His new party,
boosted onward and upward by Degrellian fire, his ideas of social
justice and his passion, immediately gained — in its first
campaign — 39 seats in the Belgian Parliament, and that on
a shoestring budget funded by sales of his newspaper Rex
and by charging $5 admission to thousands of eager
listeners to his visionary and fiery oratory. Degrelle, in his own
first political outing, gained more votes than any other member
of the Belgian Parliament.
Seeing this new Degrelle video, Hitler's Blitzkrieg:
Part 1, is enough to render comprehensible Degrelle's
meteoric rise, and demonstrates the kind of leader who can touch
the gut, heart and mind of his listeners.
No wonder Degrelle, after a falling-out with disloyal members of
his Rexist party, followed his ideals in a new way and with a new
personal challenge. He called forth from the public his own Waffen-SS
regiment of Walloon (French-speaking Belgian) volunteers, starting
out himself as a lowly private. Before long the private was a colonel,
sending many Bolshevik army soldiers in the steppes and snows of
the USSR straight to the worker's paradise in the sky.
Degrelle explains just what Hitler's blitzkrieg
or "lightning war" was all about. And he reveals to us
just how very hostile specific members of the German General Staff
were to such newfangled ideas as using tanks — disciplined
masses of tanks moving in precise coordination — plus dive-bombing
Stukas, and elite shock troops to finish off what the tanks and
dive-bombers had missed. He also describes the grand pincer or encircling
movements which bewildered the enemy army which suddenly found lightning-like
Germans directly behind its back and closing in.
He reveals on the other hand the ineffable and unjustified arrogance
of the Polish, English and French generals, who, bursting with over-confidence
based on WWI, were still riding on horses trying to stop Hitler's
rampaging mechanized panzers.
Blitzkrieg — Part 1
Leon Degrelle. Available on VHS or DVD, 90 minutes $29.95
minus 10% for TBR subscribers. DVD: #421A; VHS: Item #421B.
Call TBR BOOK CLUB toll-free at 1-877-773-9077 to charge
to Visa or MasterCard or order from THE BARNES REVIEW BOOK
CLUB, P.O. Box 15877, Washington, D.C. 20003 with the coupon
on page 80 of this issue. Expect Part 2 in September.
The account by Degrelle of the Norwegian portion of the campaign
is a great story. It impresses the viewer not only with German heroics,
beating the Norwegians, English and French despite their 5-to-1
advantage, but also by Hitler's charismatic way of individually
inspiring his many low-ranking lieutenants and captains for the
landings in Norway's mighty fjords, using charm, a cordial meal
together, and his astonishing knowledge of Norway's coasts. The
"Austrian corporal" personally confided this to a Leon
Degrelle barely in his 30s. Hitler's protege, a natural political
and military leader himself, explains how he came to understand
Hitler's genius, unlike the chancellor's own Prussian officers who
ended up trying to murder their leader just as the Bolshevik steamroller
advanced dangerously close to the borders of the Third Reich.
Technically, this video from Degrelle's Spanish exile was not shot
with one of those $50,000 Sony movie cameras which the controlled
news media or Hollywood can afford. However, LIFE & LIBERTY
PRODUCTIONS has improved the video to a professionally high standard
using today's state-of-the-art computerized color film technology,
performed by an experienced film restorer.
The American English voiceover (which agreeably does not interfere
with Degrelle's unforgettable voice) is top-notch, ensuring an enjoyable
and enlightening listening experience for English-speaking viewers.
LIFE & LIBERTY PRODUCTIONS hired a French linguist who had spent
several years in the U.S. Marine Corps so that a knowledgeable military
man would be translating Degrelle's battle terms and also could
act out the great drama in the general's "voice," matching
him dramatic pause for pause.
Additionally, TBR's staff supplied dozens and dozens of pertinent
period stills and maps — black and white and full color —
that are artfully and meaningfully interspersed into this must-see
video, increasing the value and "flow" of the tape immensely.
We've also included a beautiful video case so you'll be proud to
display the video with the others in your personal collection.
At $29.95 the viewer gets a true history-maker, the last WWII historical
figure, telling what he knows, how he knows it, what he saw, how
he was inspired by Hitler's triumphal years of 1940-41, as the blitzkrieg
raced through Poland, Denmark and Norway, filling the world's headlines
and shaking up the world's sleeping generals. Degrelle also imparts
to us his own personal suffering.
Available nowhere else, we urge all TBR readers to get or give a
copy of Hitler's Blitzkrieg: Part 1 by
Gen. Leon Degrelle in DVD or VHS so the video memoirs of one of
the great leaders of the WWII-era may live on — and inspire
us — forever. •
MICHAEL COLLINS PIPER is a frequent contributor
to THE BARNES REVIEW
and the author of Final Judgment: The Missing
Link in the JFK Assassination Conspiracy ($25),
called the definitive work on the JFK execution. He is also
the author of The New Jerusalem: Zionist Power
in America ($19.95) and The High
Priests of War ($19.95). Order any of these
books from TBR BOOK CLUB by calling 1-877-773-9077 toll
free and charging to Visa or MasterCard. TBR'subscribers
take 10% off book prices. Add $3 per book S&H.