Hitler's Ardennes offensive of December 1944 was spearheaded by a panzer regiment of the 1st SS Division. Attacking at dawn in their King Tiger tanks, the 1st SS made a gallant attempt to break through the Allied lines. As on other occasions, the SS combat achievement was marred by atrocities. The regiment's commander, Jochen Peiper, had ordered them to drive on recklessly and to give no quarter. When an inconvenient number of American prisoners had been acquired, SS men opened fire on them, killing 86 captive Americans. Peiper and some of his men were brought to trial after the war. Over-zealous American prosecutors committed many irregularities and members of the unit only suffered minor penalties, despite the horrendous nature of their murderous atrocities. Veteran military historian Charles Whiting offers a vivid account of the largest single atrocity committed against American P. O. W. s on the western front in World War II, as well as a detailed narrative of the forward units of the SS Leibstandarte "Adolf Hitler" during the Battle of the Bulge. Massacre At Malmedy is a fitting and descriptive memorial that is a permanent part of the military history of the European theatre. --Midwest Book Review
I have been an admirer of W.W.11 writer Charles Whiting for many years now.This prolific author has produced some three hundred or so books about that catastrophic event ,some fiction, some fact. I like his writing style and his ability to keep me interested page after page and having visited the site of the Malmady massacre a couple of years ago I naturally wanted to know more about this most dreadfull event. German troops under the SS Colonel John Peiper lined up over one hundred captured American soldiers in a field near the Belgian town of Malmedy and machine gunned them down.Some miraculously survived to tell the tale and very few German prisoners were taken after that despicable act.This incident was one of many that made up the Battle Of The Bulge as it later became known. As expected Charles Whitings version of those events is both thorough and absorbing reading and I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in that period of history. --By Anthony B. Whittle
This book in the 70's was the first popular work on the now famous kampfgruppe Peiper - more or less I could be wrong on that. It certainly fired my imagination back then Mr Whiting's typical style - no maps, exciting narrative woven with many individual accounts, photos which may or may not relate to the events described. Mr Whiting evidently interviewed Peiper. Shame he didnt cover more ground and in more detail - that could have been a really interesting book in itself - it would have sold huge volumes. As one gains more knowledge on the subject matter, the book becomes less satisfactory - the lack of maps challenges the imagination; as one tries to get a better picture from other sources it becomes clear that he has cut and pasted from numerous sources. There are quite a few newer books which have really tried to do a thorough job on KGP and succeeded - Reynolds, Wijers, After the Battle. And there are the older marvellous sources like The Damned Engineers. There are also some great books in french published by local historians - Stavelot by Hubert Laby is magnificent imho --By guitar*man
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