Did My High School Classmate Help Massacre Nazi Soldiers?

MencrossingThey call it the fog of war. It’s a good phrase for how hard it is to keep track of what’s happening during a battle. It may be just as hard to tell what happened after the fighting stops.

This much is clear about the Battle of the Bulge and a small town in Belgium named Malmedy – Nazi SS troops slaughtered 100 or more American soldiers there who were their prisoners.

At a trial after the war, there were questions raised (by the Germans) about whether some of the American prisoners had picked up rifles they threw to the ground when they surrendered and resumed fighting. That story is obscured by the aforementioned fog but what is very clear is that a massacre took place of 100 Americans.

This all happened in winter; the fallen bodies froze; and forensic study of the preserved bodies confirmed they had been cut down in groups by machine gun fire and many bodies showed a single shot to the head at close range, evidence they had been shot again after they fell to be sure they were dead — double executions in the thorough style of Germany’s well-trained army. Continue reading

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