“1488 or bust”: We Found Another Iron March Neo-Nazi In The Canadian Armed Forces

"The more I researched and read, the more nationalism and fascism seemed to just make sense,” writes armoured corporal William Condie. “Then a friend suggested this place, and, well... Here I am."

By Elizabeth Simons and Peter Smith



Iron March user KanadianKommando is a currently serving reserve member of the Canadian Armed Forces. His real name is William Condie and he signed up with the neo-Nazi forum in the spring of 2017 -- several months before the forum would go permanently offline. The short series of messages he posted portray a young man disillusioned with mainstream libertarianism who was guided into much darker waters. 

When he signed up for the forum he was already a member of the armed forces, having completed basic training in 2016. He says a friend guided him to the site.

Growing up in rural Ontario, Condie is an armoured corporal currently with a regiment based in Hull, QC. Thanks to the Iron March leaks, we can trace how Condie connected with a handful of unidentified Canadian users.

Like many others, he went to Iron March looking for ideological direction and purpose-built solution, while “trying my best to do my part in uncucking this cucked nation,” according to his  bio on the neo-Nazi forum.

The Canadian Armed Forces has confirmed that William Condie is a member. We have provided them with all the information we have on KanadianKommando.

“[Condie] has no deployments and is not currently actively employed,” a representative told the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. “We have made it clear in our Canadian Army Order on Hateful Conduct that affiliation with hate groups is incompatible with military service and will not be tolerated. We will act appropriately if need be.”

“As far as I'm concerned, Canada is very quickly becoming an extreme Left wing Liberal cesspool, and I want to do everything I can to battle this tidal wave of political correctness that's destroying the country I was once proud to call ‘home,’" KanadianKommando wrote in an introductory message. “Immigration, court favouritism towards women, white-shaming, cis-shaming, having a PM that considers it cool to slash away at our rights and freedoms all in the name of being ‘progressive’ and ‘politically correct,’ all of it is eroding our very sense of national pride, pride in a nation built by strong white men and NOT pussy progressive degenerate race-traitor cucks.”

Iron March was an online forum brought to life by Alisher Mukhitdinov, a Russian man who briefly attended Moscow State University, and is better known to the world as Alexander Slavros. Mukhitdinov’s Iron March would be the online space where modern day neo-Nazi accelerationism was cultivated. Iron March gave birth to the neo-Nazi terrorist group Atomwaffen Division, which has been responsible for many murders, terrorist plots, and arrests.

Condie only posted on Iron March over two days. During that time he told one user via direct message that he had “discovered the Iron March library, just started downloading some of the Originals now. Lots of info, lots to learn as I'm finding out.”

The “Originals” Condie refers to are the numerous PDFs that make up the literary culmination of the Iron March legacy. Using his own philosophy, forum threads, a series of contributors, and selections of users' artwork, Mukhitdinov moulded a series of short books and manuals. These texts continue to make up the bulk of many reading lists for prospective members into the neo-Nazi accelerationist movement.

Canadians have played an outsized role on the forum, including moderator and propagandist Gabriel Sohier Chaput (aka Zeiger), a Montreal tech consultant currently awaiting trial for the willful promotion of hatred, who contributed to the site’s influential “library,” as well as Ottawa graphic designer Patrick Gordon MacDonald, who created the aesthetic of the modern day neo-Nazi accelerationists and was recently exposed by Vice World News as the prolific fascist artist and propagandist Dark Foreigner

Condie denies that he continues to hold the beliefs that he expressed on the website and claims never to have downloaded any of the reading material, telling the Canadian Anti-Hate Network that he has “regretted it ever since,” claiming to have left the “alt-right two years ago.”

“I wish I could go back and slap the shit out of my younger self.”

Despite Condie’s short posting history on the forum, his last login was April 20, 2017 -- while he was in Wainwright, AB for training with the armed forces, according to his Instagram. 

According to his own statements on Iron March, Condie was 20 when he created his account. He didn’t tell the forum he was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. “[I] don't want to get too much into what I do for a living,” he posted, “but I am employed in a full time occupation.” He was not shy about other aspects of his life, sharing his interests in “target and sport shooting, fishing, bushcraft, playing drums,” and more.

His brief foray into the site would bring him into contact with other Canadians, including forum moderator Moonlord, a screen name used by Boris Mihajlovic, who until recently was a Sailor 1st class with the Royal Canadian Navy. Condie also chatted with known Atomwaffen Division member, “Vex.” 

“The alt-right has come far, but I think (((they))) are trying to hard to side-track the movement to make it appear more progressive, with lots of people trying to claim that it's not about racism, anti-Semitism, or nationalism,” he wrote, using the triple parenthesis, internet shorthand for Jewish people. “Fuck that, 1488 or bust. As for the future of Canada, well... Came here with optimism, but am already re-thinking my previous beliefs and stuff. What I can say, is that in the short term another Liberal term will seal the deal, and a conservative government might just delay it. I'm just not sure anymore.”

The infamous 1488 is a combination of two neo-Nazi numeric symbols. The 14 is short for David Lane’s 14 words, a white supremacist slogan, and 88 stands for Heil Hitler, as H is the eighth letter of the alphabet. Neo-Nazis often use 1488 as a code to signal each other.

“I started developing this persona online that was completely opposite to who I was as a person,” he said when asked about the use of these symbols. 

According to the Unicorn Riot Discord leaks, a user named KommandosInArms was a participant in a Discord server called The Chads in 2018. Condie has used that username in other online spaces, like Steam, a gaming community. He confirmed the account was likely his, but said he does not remember using it since he was a teenager.  

On Discord, KommandosInArms declared that his ideology was “Ethno Nationalist bordering on Fascist.” When asked his view on Jews, his reply was “GOTTA GAS EM ALL.” He declared his “picture-perfect nation” as “Like Nazi Germany pre-WW2, but with less jews [sic].”

 

Following The Crumbs

 

Condie used KanadianKommando as his moniker all over the internet, including his social media handles, gamer tag, and numerous weapons and survival forums. On one of those forums he says his real name is “Bill.” Other accounts linked to Condie were members of groups like the Imperial Union of /pol/” and “/k/arabiner,” both references to boards on 4chan. 

A number of biographical details match across these forums and posts, including his location and interests such as bushcraft, firearms, cars, the drums, the military. The statements made by these linked accounts all correlate with the short biography he provided on Iron March.

Condie grew up in rural eastern Ontario and comes from a family with a long history of military service. He currently resides in Leeds and Grenville County in Ontario.

“Whenever war broke out, [white European Canadians] ran to the recruiting centers by the hundreds to cast their previous nationalities aside and fight as Canadians,” he wrote in response to a question about Canadian history. “We've lost that identity now. Currently working on it, mostly lurking here and learning for now.”

Now, Condie says he’s changed. 

“It’s hard to know you’re getting into an extremist ideology until years later and you look back and grow up and you just be like ‘what the fuck was I thinking?’ That wasn’t me, I don’t believe in any of that shit anymore.”

Condie’s online footprint extends beyond Iron March, and spans several years. His online patterns indicate a young man who, at least previously, was deeply entrenched in these views, and eager to know more -- while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and learning how to wage warfare.

 

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