BELGIUM. Near Malmedy. December 17, 1944. An American soldier looks numbly at bodies of American prisoners who were shot by Germans. Eighty-four American prisoners of war were murdered during the Malmedy Massacre.
Two men of the 82nd Airborne Division bringing in a young German SS Trooper captured while on reconnaissance patrol outside Bra, between Malmedy and Marche on the northern flank of the salient - January 1945.
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.
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