The Malmedy Massacre

John M. Bauserman

  • The Malmedy Massacre

Malmédy is a picturesque Belgian town where on December 17, 1944 American soldiers fell victim to the worst atrocity of World War II in Europe involving American forces. Lieutenant Colonel Joachim Peiper's battle group from the German 1st SS Panzer Division was striking hard and fast, as it led the German assault in the northern shoulder of the Battle of the Bulge. At the same time, the unfortunate Battery B of the United States 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion was moving forward. Here is the story of what happened at the Baugnez crossroads where the Germans and Americans met in unplanned combat. Based on eight years of research and interviews with survivors, this book shows details of the Americans' surrender and their massacre by SS troops whose leaders had studied Genghis Khan and his tactics. It is a story of death, luck, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Excellent maps (with two exceptions) provide a ‘crime scene’ feel to the book, which, when combined with the emotionally charged and devastatingly graphic individual accounts, offer an intriguing and intense reading experience.”

Naval War College

Book
Author John M. Bauserman
Pages 158
Images 31
Maps 11
Bibliography No
Index Yes
  • $12.95

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