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

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

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by Danny S. Parker
 

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On December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, more than eighty unarmed
American soldiers were shot down after having surrendered to an SS tank column near the small crossroads town of Malmédy, Belgium. In vivid prose with revealing details, Fatal Crossroads reconstructs the previously untold story of the largest single atrocity committed

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On December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, more than eighty unarmed
American soldiers were shot down after having surrendered to an SS tank column near the small crossroads town of Malmédy, Belgium. In vivid prose with revealing details, Fatal Crossroads reconstructs the previously untold story of the largest single atrocity committed against American POWs on the Western front in World War II.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Poughkeepsie Journal, 9/4/11
“A riveting account.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review), 10/15/11
“A sharply focused look at a grisly 1944 incident, the massacre of more than 80 American prisoners outside Malmédy, Belgium. Assembling a massive amount of data (the back matter alone consumes more than 120 pages), the author views the tragedy from the perspectives of survivors, the Germans and the Belgian civilians, some of whom aided the wounded, some of whom did not…Comprehensive, definitive, grim and gripping.”

WWII History magazine, Winter 2011
“[A] riveting account.”

Roanoke Times, 1/1/12Fatal Crossroads manages to bridge the often uncomfortable terrain between in-depth details tailored for historians and brilliant, readable narratives appealing to lay readers…Parker not only sheds light on an oft-forgotten portion of the American experience in World War II, he rigorously dissects it, providing a benchmark for any future studies of the Malmedy massacre.”

Military Review, 12/1/12
Fatal Crossroads provides a valuable analysis of the Malmedy Massacre through firsthand accounts of its victims, perpetrators, and observers. It provides a unique, realistic awareness of wartime atrocities.” 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306821523
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
08/13/2013
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
520,442
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Danny S. Parker, an expert on the Ardennes Offensive, has written extensively about the military campaign, including the highly acclaimed Battle of the Bulge and To Win the Winter Sky. The author spent fifteen years interviewing over one hundred eyewitnesses, including over a dozen survivors as well as German soldiers and Belgian citizens who were present at the massacre. Parker has conducted years of extensive research, examining the original sources at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Eisenhower Library, the U.S. Army Military History Institute, and the Bundesarchiv in Freiburg, Germany. He is widely regarded as a leading expert on the massacre and the Battle of the Bulge. He lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida

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Fatal Crossroads 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TS_TacDoc More than 1 year ago
I understand this is only one part of a four volume set by Danny Parker. The other volumes will tell the rest of Peiper's military and personal career. The Baugnez Crossroads story has been told before, but Parker has made broad and deep connections with the survivors from all sides and had expert interpreters that could recognize nuance and inference in the SS interviews. A gripping read that may not have the definitive answers, but sheds light on some of the persisting shadows. Looking forward to the future volumes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could be deleted by Barnes and Noble.
W_K More than 1 year ago
Might be a good book, but as a birthday present to a son that was sent late, unwrapped and without a birthday card, all of which were paid for, his wife says he set it on a shelf until he gets over his anger at Barnes & Noble.