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November 6, 2017

The story of Oradour-sur-Glane from the SS point of view

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 11:20 am

There are two sides to every story, including the story of Oradour-sur-Glane.

I have a section on my website about Oradour-sur-Glane, including a section about the story from the SS soldier’s point of view.

You can read about Oradour-sur-Glane, from the SS point of view, on my website at

My version of the story starts with this quote:

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The SS justification for the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre centers on their claim that the destruction of the village was a reprisal, which was legal under international law up until the Geneva Convention of 1949.

Reprisal does not mean revenge. It is a legal term defined in international humanitarian law. It means that an Army has the right, during war time, to respond in kind when guerrilla fighters violate international law, and there is no other way to stop them from continuing their illegal activity except by a reprisal action.

The SS did not follow every attack by the French resistance with a reprisal. Most of the time, the guerrillas were captured and sent to concentration camps such as Natzweiler-Struthof, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen and Dachau.

This reprisal action was taken because the SS believed that the Oradour-sur-Glane villagers were heavily involved with the Maquis, a French Resistance group; they claimed to have discovered that almost every house in Oradour was filled with weapons and ammunition.

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You can read about every aspect of the Oradour-sur-Glane story on my website at



  1. I see many written articles on-line that deal with the terrible German military operations at Oradour sur Glane and Tulle. Of course it is a difficult read, with children being killed in terrible event. I haven’t until very recently, been aware of the story of the “Tulle Massacre” as it is called in various written accounts. One account alleged that German soldiers killed there died by very close range artillery fire from Maquisards. It seems more likely they were killed and mutilated.

    Comment by John Henni — October 30, 2021 @ 5:27 pm

  2. Furtherglory wrote: “The SS justification for the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre centers on their claim that the destruction of the village was a reprisal”

    The Oradour massacre was not a reprisal. It was a police operation [to rescue a German officer captured by the Maquis] that went wrong. The Tulle mass execution was a reprisal: 98 Tulle male civilians were hanged after 80 German soldiers had been found dead and atrociously mutilated there. Anybody can understand that Tulle, not Oradour, would have been wiped off the map if revenge had driven the actions of these military units. The mutilated dead bodies of 80 comrades are of course more revolting than the abduction of an officer. In both cities, the children and women were first gathered and isolated in the church for the duration of the operation. Standard procedure. But things went wrong in Oradour. The blast from a cache of explosives and ammunition in the church killed the women and children of Oradour and caused the disorderly shooting of the men of the city. Great food for anti-German propaganda but just an unwanted mess.

    Comment by hermie — November 7, 2017 @ 7:00 am


    Comment by Schlageter — November 6, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

  4. I’ve been there a couple of times and read stuff in published books and on the internet about what happened at OsG. For a period up until a few years ago I lived in France less than 30 minutes from the town. I would totally agree with what you have just said in your report. The town was up to its armpits in support of the maquis. Furthermore I think those killed in the church only died because the resistance fighters had used the church as cover for a stash of bombs etc which then went up after the villagers were locked inside. I once read a story that a member of the maquis had deliberately blown the church up during the SS raid.

    I also believe that this particular SS unit were battle hardened ex eastern front soldiers who had been stationed near Bordeaux for some weeks or months before the incident and were ambushed at a railway siding in a town called Mussidan, Dordogne, en route back east a few days before the OsG incident. They were in no mind to go gently on a bunch of local fighters when they went in search of the kidnapped German senior officer near OsG. Wrong place, wrong soldiers, wrong time.

    Comment by MrB — November 6, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

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