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

by Danny S. Parker

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Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge by Danny S. Parker

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306821523
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 794,467
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

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue 1

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

Epilogue 229


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

Notes 285

Index 377

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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.