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The Unknown DeadCivilians in the Battle of the Bulge$
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Peter Schrijvers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123523

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123523.001.0001

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The Peiper Breakthrough

The Peiper Breakthrough

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The Unknown Dead

Peter Schrijvers

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter focuses the success of one combat group of the Sixth Panzer Army in penetrating deep behind the American lines on December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. This group was headed by Joachim Peiper who was assigned “the decisive role in the offensive”. This chapter discusses Peiper's strategy and describes the highlights of his offensive. It also highlights the huge number of civilian casualties in the so-called Malmedy massacre in Belgium.

Keywords:   Joachim Peiper, Battle of the Bulge, Sixth Panzer Army, civilian casualties, Malmedy massacre, Belgium

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