Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Today is the 64th Anniversary of the massacre of prisoners from Battery B, 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs by 1st SS Panzer at Malmedy Belgium. This incident occurred during the second day of the Battle of the Bulge. Eventually 72 bodies were were discovered and 43 survivors managed to find refuge and made it back to Allied lines, some with the help of Belgian civilians.
After Germanys, surrender more than 70 people were tried by tribunal. The Court pronounced 43 death sentences, (none of which was carried out), and 22 life sentences. Eight other men were sentenced to shorter prison sentences.