I did a quick search, but could'nt find anything ... I may have searched for the wrong topic or 'word' - if so maybe just direct me in the right direction for any relevant information Recently I was flicking through a school history book (often not the best historical source!), and came across an interesting paragraph, the information really caught my attention, so some points are quoted below: French in Vietnam - - French losses [in Vietnam] were about 90,000 men, with 20,000 of these being french soldiers [french nationals]. - The rest were recruited into the French Foreign Leigion from other parts of Europe and the French Union. - Amoung them were 30,000 former German soldiers - some of these recruited directly from prisoner-of-war camps. - the French did not send conscripts to Vietnam, only volunteers, as a result, soldier's deaths had less impact on the french public as opposed to young conscripts. So, does anyone have any further information on these 30,000 German soldiers? I mean like were these guys from the Wehrmacht......SS? The following is from Wiki (I know...another trustworthy source ) "Following the war, many former German soldiers joined the Legion to pursue a military career with an elite unit, an option that was no longer possible in Germany. To this day, Germans constitute a strong presence in the Legion" I know that when you join the legion you 'start off fresh' / have a new identity so did the French turn a blind eye to some of these guys and recruit all sorts .....i.e. SS, Wehrmacht.....potential war criminals even? I wonder how they got on / fitted in with other nationalities, whom they may have fought against only a few years earlier. .....Also what happened to these men? Any information would be helpful, or a point in the right direction as this has caught my attention and so would like to learn more. Thanks in advance!