MAS­SACRE AT MALMEDY

History Revealed - - BATTLEFIELD THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE -

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

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