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Fatal Crossroads : The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge



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On December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, more than eighty unarmed United States soldiers were shot down after having surrendered to an SS unit near the small crossroads town of Malmedy, Belgium. Although more than thirty men lived to tell of the massacre, exactly what took place that day remains mired in controversy. Was it just a "battlefield incident" or rather a deliberate slaughter? Who gave the orders: infamous SS leader Jochen Peiper or someone else? Fatal Crossroadsvividly reconstructs the critical events leading up to the atrocity--for the first time in all their revealing detail--as well as the aftermath. Danny S. Parker spent fifteen years researching original sources and interviewing more than one hundred witnesses to uncover the truth behind the Malmedy massacre, and the result is riveting.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. 1
"Like a Storm Wind"p. 13
Men of the 285thp. 37
Malmedyp. 47
"It Don't look Good Boys"p. 61
"Those Beautiful Trucks..."p. 85
Killing Fieldp. 103
"Bump Them Off!"p. 127
"Let's Go!"p. 155
Fateful Hoursp. 181
Escapep. 195
Baugnezp. 205
Shockp. 221
Epiloguep. 229
Survivors and Victimsp. 253
Order of March: 285th FAOBp. 261
Order of March: Kampfgruppe Peiper at the Baugnez Crossroadsp. 263
Malmedy: In Search of the Truthp. 269
Notesp. 285
Indexp. 377
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