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Degrelle was a charismatic Belgian political leader during the 1930s, a legendary combat hero duirng the Second World War, and a prolific author.

In the wake of Germany’s 1941 attack against the Soviet Union, he joined what he and many millions of oth­ers regarded as a pan-European crusade. In Belgium, he helped raise a volunteer battalion of fellow French-speaking Walloons to ensure a place of honor for his country in the “new Europe.” He rose through the ranks to become commander of the unit that finally came to be known as the 28th SS Division “Wall­onie.” During the course of his three and a half years of combat, Degrelle was wounded seven times and earned 22 military decorations. This is a short speech from 1974 by Leon Degrelle. In French, with English subtitles. Runtime: 2:45 mins.