WAR CRIMES: Clemency

The Malmédy massacre of captured U.S. soldiers, during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, was one of the most vicious atrocities committed by Germans in combat during the war. By the testimony of one survivor (who escaped by feigning death after he was shot in the foot), some 160 U.S. soldiers were lined up in a snow-covered field, eight deep and 20 abreast, and raked by machine-gun fire for three minutes.

The survivor heard the "agonized screams" of wounded and dying comrades, and single pistol shots—coups de grace administered by Germans who walked among the fallen victims after...

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