Meet France’s Mister Nasty

Roger Faulques was born in France on 14 December 1924, and he joined the French Resistance in 1944 during World War II. He later served in the French 1st Army as a corporal, fighting in the last battles of the war and received the Croix de Guerre medal.

Clearly unhappy with the German jackboot being on French territory, the gallant Roger Faulques pulled his French jackboots on. Henceforth, he and his French comrades set off to occupy the nations of others. Alas, unlike the German occupiers who were well behaved during their four year occupation of France, Roger Faulques were markedly less civil to the peoples of countries occupied by France.

After World War II and by now blooded, he rose to be an officer in the French Foreign Legion. He served with distinction in the brutal take-no-prisoners First Indochina War (Now Vietnam) as a paratrooper commander. He was wounded and repatriated after his battalion was almost totally destroyed in 1950. The very French hero received five citations after being heavily wounded at Cao Bang. Faulques would serve as an intelligence officer during the brutal Algerian War, enthusiastically participating in torture sessions of insurgents.

He became a soldier of fortune after the Algerian conflict’s end. In 1961. Faulques and 1,000 other former Foreign Legion troops were hired by European mining companies in Congo-Leopoldville as ‘security guards’. They were actually placed under the command of the President of Katanga Moise Tshombe, and they were used to take part in the Siege of Jadotville in 1961. The epic battle is told in The Last Gladiators, Michael Walsh.

Faulques forced the ONUC peacekeepers to surrender after suffering heavy losses. From August 1963 to 1964, Faulques and his comrade Bob Denard served as mercenaries for MI6 in North Yemen. Both battle-scarred warriors joined several French and Belgian mercenaries in fighting for French intelligence during the Nigerian Civil War in Biafra, indulging in alcohol and women instead of getting paid. He retired from the military in 1991, and he died peacefully in his bed in 2011 at the age of 86. 

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