Massacre at Malmedy

Massacre at Malmedy

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An account of the massacre in the Belgian village of Malmedy when, in the winter of 1944, Peiper, the commander of a crack regiment of Panzer tanks, issued the order to breach American defences in the Ardennes and to mow down anything that came into view.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 0552089877
  • 9780552089876

Review Text

This splayed recital of Obersturmbannfuhrer Peiper's nine-day Panzer campaign to secure the strategic river Meuse during the Battle of the Bulge does little more than reconnoiter territory already well covered by historians like Toland. Key military personnel are introduced; battle plans are described; troop strength and fuel supply problems are duly reported; Peiper is depicted as a cagey tactician, even though he fails to reach his prime objective - all things any World War II student worth his duffel bag could readily learn elsewhere. What is most disappointing however (unforgivable in view of the title) is that Whiting treats the Malmedy atrocity (casual mass machine-gunning of unarmed American prisoners and Belgian civilians) in the same superficial manner. He tells where, when, and how many, but that's all. He mentions in the epilogue that Peiper, the responsible commanding officer, was tried for the crime by the Allies and sentenced to hang in 1946, later pardoned, and is now living in Stuttgart, but that's all, despite the fact that he extensively interviewed Peiper during the course of his research. The legal, moral, and intellectual implications of this particular massacre or the act of massacre itself are ignored. Unfortunate. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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