Subject: Re: Bastogne
Good morning-

The memorial of some sort to which you refer is probably the one at the crossroads outside of Malmedy where a number of GI's were executed by Joachim Peiper's Waffen SS troops during the Bulge breakout. The Americans had surrendered and were unarmed. The nature of the German penetration of Allied lines was such that they believed that they could not process prisoners to their rear. Since they were not about to release the Americans there was but one alternative. Peiper was tried for the crime after the war but served little time. In '64 (at Reutlingen) he continued to state that he gave no orders which could be interpreted to mean the execution of prisoners.

For anyone in the Bastogne area, a trip to the memorial is worthwhile.