Who was the Silver Legion of America?
The Silver Legion of America, commonly known as the Silver Shirts, was an underground American fascist organization founded by William Dudley Pelley that was headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina and announced publicly on January 30, 1933. A white-supremacist, antisemitic group modeled after Hitler’s Brownshirts, the paramilitary Silver Legion wore a silver shirt with a blue tie, along with a campaign hat and blue corduroy trousers with leggings. The uniform shirts bore a scarlet letter L over the heart: an emblem meant to symbolize Loyalty to the United States, Liberation from materialism, and the Silver Legion itself. By 1934, the Silver Shirts claimed to have about 15,000 members. The Silver Shirts began construction of the Murphy Ranch, situated on a secluded 55 acre site in the Los Angeles hills, meant to serve as a fortified world headquarters after the expected Fascist global conquest [source: wikipedia]
Who was William Pelley?
William Dudley Pelley was an author and screenwriter. He served as a foreign correspondent for a newspaper during the Russian Revolution. Previously apolitical, he witnessed first-hand the truth of jewish communism and returned to America a changed man. He reported what he had learned to his congressman, Rep. Louis McFadden, who was so shocked that he decided to read the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion on the floor of Congress. His testimony was corroborated by intelligence officials from the Justice and State Departments.
Pelley was terrified at the plot for world domination he had uncovered and tried to forget about the whole thing, writing successful screenplays and becoming part of Hollywood high society during the Roaring Twenties. He grew disillusioned, however, when he noticed increasing anti-goy sentiment and moral subversion being pushed by the jewish movie industry.
After a near-death experience, the previously non-religious Pelley became a believer. After this event, he vowed to do something positive with his life. He was rather blackpilled, however, and didn’t think the power of jewry could be overcome. He studied Mein Kampf and became friends with Charles Lindbergh, the renowned aviator and National Socialist. After the electoral victory of Adolf Hitler, Pelley was overjoyed to realize that the power of jewry could, in fact, be overcome. He founded his own National Socialist movement, the Silver Legion, the very next day.
At it’s height, the Silver Legion of America had anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 members (records are sketchy, depends on which source you trust) who built compounds and trained with firearms for either a National Socialist revolution of their own or simply to aid the invading Axis forces. In the meantime they sought political power through elections and mass communication (radio speeches, rallies etc).
Most of Pelley’s work was memory-holed. For a prolific author and screenwriter who produced many hits and won several awards, a foreign corespondent during the Russian revolution, a man who inspired his congressman to read the Protocols aloud on the floor of the US Congress, a man who’s speeches were broadcast on radio across the country and heard by millions, there are remarkably little primary sources about him. His books are unpublished and possibly lost. They worked very hard to erase this man’s legacy, which means we should try to dig it up.
Like the German-American Bund and other “Nazi sympathizer” organizations, they broke apart after the U.S. entered WWII and used the FBI to crush sympathetic groups with charges of treason and sedition. This group feels most similar to the British Union of Fascists, in my opinion. There isn’t much material on them due to the memory hole but as someone who lives in Southern California I was pleased to know there was more history here beyond just some KKK chapters and “the place Rockwell was redpilled”.
For a more complete picture I recommend reading:
which is an article I found that was digitized from something called The New Order which sounds like a WN 1.0 publication.