Canada at War: THE SERVICES: Murdie at Pavie

Murder at Pavie

Eighteen Canadian soldiers and a Canadian officer had been captured by the Germans, then "wilfully" murdered. The shocking announcement was based on a factual investigation by an unhurried and "completely dispassionate" joint U.S.British-Canadian Court of Inquiry. Details were meager and evidence undisclosed. But it was known that the murders had occurred at Pavie, on the Caen-Bayeux highway, two days after Dday. Thirteen of the victims had been machine-gunned in a group. The Germans responsible were "members of the 12th SS Reconnaissance Battalion of the 12th SS Panzer Division." (The...

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