malmedy

These signs were left behind by U.S. Troops occupying the Belgian town of Malmedy before it was retaken by Germans in the counteroffensive. 12/28/44

The outskirts of Malmedy was the scene of a massacre of American POWs by German Waffen SS troops, captured during the Germans’ rapid advance in the initial stages of the Battle of the Bulge.

More on the Battle of the Bulge at Prologue: “The Bloodiest Battle - The Battle of the Bulge Loomed Large 70 Winters Ago” →

Body of American soldier is borne on stretcher from terrain in vicinity of Malmedy, Belgium, where on or about 17 December 1944, the Germans committed many atrocities.

From the series: Photographs from the JAG Law Library, 1944 - 1946.  Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army), 1792 - 2010

On December 17, 1944, while advancing rapidly near Malmedy, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, elements of the German 1st SS Panzer Division overpowered and captured lightly armed troops of the American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion.  Over 80 of the prisoners were subsequently executed by the SS troops.  News of the massacre leaked out through survivors who had escaped, and frozen bodies of the victims were discovered a month later when the area was retaken by American forces.  Following the end of World War II, several members of the SS unit were tried and convicted of war crimes in the Malmedy Massacre Trial.

More on the Battle of the Bulge at Prologue: “The Bloodiest Battle - The Battle of the Bulge Loomed Large 70 Winters Ago” →

En route to front lines, beyond Malmedy, Belgium, American Infantrymen pause to rest. Left to right, Sgt. Lyle Greene, Rochester Minnesota, S/Sgt. Joseph DeMott, Greenwood, Ind., and Pfc. Fred Mozzoni, Chicago, Illinois. 12/29/44

More on the Battle of the Bulge at Prologue: “The Bloodiest Battle - The Battle of the Bulge Loomed Large 70 Winters Ago” →