Léon Degrelle

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Léon Degrelle (1943)

Léon Joseph Marie Ignace Degrelle (French: [dəgʁɛl]; 15 June 1906 – 31 March 1994) was a Belgian politician and collaborator. He was born in Bouillon, Belgium and died in Malaga, Spain.

Degrelle was the founder of the fascist party of Rex in 1936.

During World War II he erected the Walloon Legion, which fought as a Waffen-SS unit at the Eastern Front. He ultimately had the rank of SS-Standartenführer der Waffen-SS (comparable with the rank of colonel).

After the war he managed to escape to Spain, where he died in 1994, aged 87.

References[change | change source]

  • For Rex and Belgium: Leon Degrelle and Walloon Political & Military Collaboration 1940-1945. Eddy de Bruyne, Marc Rikmenspoel. Solihull, West Midlands, England: Helion, 2004.