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.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Edition description:||First Trade Paper Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)|
About 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
Table of Contents
List of Maps viii
1 "Like a Storm Wind" 13
2 Men of the 285th 37
3 Malmedy 47
4 "It Don't look Good Boys" 61
5 "Those Beautiful Trucks..." 85
6 Killing Field 103
7 "Bump Them Off!" 127
8 "Let's Go!" 155
9 Fateful Hours 181
10 Escape 195
11 Baugnez 205
12 Shock 221
I Survivors and Victims 253
II Order of March: 285th FAOB 261
III Order of March: Kampfgruppe Peiper at the Baugnez Crossroads 263
IV Malmedy: In Search of the Truth 269
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Could be deleted by Barnes and Noble.
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.