French headquarters in London told the frightful story:
One afternoon last week trucks loaded with troops of a Waffen SS (armed elite guard) unit drove up to the farm village of Oradour-sur-Glane, in central France. In a few moments the town crier made the rounds, ordered everyone to assemble at the fair grounds.
Terrified women, clutching their children, and sullen, bewildered men hurried to obey the harsh-faced Germans, who had tommy guns at their hips. Old people and invalids were rooted out, sent hobbling after the others.
They did not have to wait long. A German officer ordered all men to stand forward. A...