MASSACRE AT MALMEDY
On 17 December 1944, a Waffen-SS battle group under the command of the charismatic and ruthless Obersturmführer Joachim Peiper overran an American convoy near the town of Malmédy. The Germans marched approximately 100 prisoners into a field and, in just one of a series of atrocities associated with the battle group, shot and killed 84 of them. Peiper and 72 others were later tried and convicted by an American tribunal and 43, including Peiper, were sentenced to death by hanging. The death sentences were later commuted, and none of the convicted served a full prison sentence. Peiper was paroled after ten years and later went to live in France. In July 1976, his home was attacked by unknown assailants, and Peiper’s charred body was later discovered in the burnt-out remains of his house.
Eighty-four American soldiers were massacred following their surrender