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Massacre at Malmedy: The Story of Jochen Peiper's Battle Group Ardennes, December, 1944 (Pen & Sword paperback) Paperback


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  • Series: Pen & Sword paperback
  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Combined Books (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850525128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850525120
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,048,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R.J.C on May 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this when it was first published in UK before Peiper's death. It was only later I learned of that. I found the book fascinating in that "monsters" became real human beings. No better or worse than their adversaries except for one salient thing. Something which to my mind far transcends the massacre at the crossroads instigated by one of the LAH "booty Germans";and that is the persistant and almost systematic killing of Belgian civilians; women & children included, throughout the entire operation: some 140+ in all for which no one in Kampfgruppe Peiper was ever brought to book. Until this book came out I had no idea of such things. The americans NEVER mentioned it. Simultaneously, the prisoners that were actually taken were decently treated. To the extent that one of them voluntarily testified on his behalf at Peipers' "trial" - parentheses deliberate, illustrating that the delusionary and farcical aspects of "American Justice" were in place long before the O.J Simpson trial. The other interesting aspect of the trial was the devotion of Everett, Peipers' American council in defending someone who he clearly felt was innocent. Quite true as to direct involvent in the massacre. Untrue as to Peipers' level of responsibility. Noone mentions that George Fleps who fired the first round was not brought to book by the Germans themselves at any stage. The reality was that this "incident" was nothing to Peiper and his fellow commanders as this sort of thing was "routine" on the Eastern Front where as someone once put it; "the armies were angry". It was that ethos that carried over to the West - particularly amongst the denizens of the Waffen SS.Read more ›
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
The poster called 'reader' who claims that those americans killed were 'escaping pows' is full of it.
During the Nuremberg trials Lt. Virgil Lary positively identified Pvt George Fleps as having shot GIs before any escape attempts were made.
The fact that "reader" uses the German expression "amis" tells me he is probably a former Wermacht soldior, who is trying to falsify the past.
Even 60 years later, there are those who cannot accept responsiblity for their terrible crimes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By guitar*man on March 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
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
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11 of 28 people found the following review helpful By LIU Man Cheong on April 10, 2000
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The Russian's atrocities are no less severe. Peiper is prosecuted only because he is with the defeated side. As a professional soldier, he has done what he should do only.
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11 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1997
Format: Hardcover
There never was a massacre, only the shooting of prisoners of war who tried to escape. And what about all the atrocities committed by the Brits, Canadians and Amis during Normandy? Read the book "The History of the 12.SS Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend" by its former Ia, Hubert Meyer for a fair and factual account of the campaign in the West
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