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March 9, 2018

The day that American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp…

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, World War II — furtherglory @ 2:01 pm

The execution of German SS soldiers at Dachau

The following quote was written by Flint Whitlock, in his book entitled “The Rock of Anzio, From Sicily to Dachau: A history of the U.S. 45th Infantry Division”

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“The killing of unarmed POWs did not trouble many of the men in I company that day for to them the SS guards did not deserve the same protected status as enemy soldiers who have been captured after a valiant fight. To many of the men in I company, the SS were nothing more than wild, vicious animals whose role in this war was to starve, brutalize, torment, torture and murder helpless civilians.”

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Waffen-SS soldiers being executed by the American liberators at Dachau

The photograph above is a still photo that was taken by T/4 Arland B. Musser, 163rd Signal Photographic Company, US Seventh Army, on April 29, 1945, the day that the Dachau concentration camp was liberated.

The photo shows 60 Waffen-SS soldiers on the ground, some wounded, some playing dead, and 17 dead, according to Flint Whitlock, the historian for the 45th Thunderbird Division, who got this information from Lt. Col. Felix Sparks, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Division of the US Seventh Army, the first unit to arrive at the Dachau camp.

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    Lt . Buechner-US Army gives the total of murdered SS-men as follows:

    According to a table (p. 99) he puts the victims of that day as follows:
    Shot on the spot: 122
    by inmates killed: 40
    shot by “Birdeye”: 12
    shot by Lt. Bushyhead: 346
    Total killed: 520
    fell during the fighting: 10
    TOTAL: 560

    [It is unknown how and where the bodies were disposed off, Linberger privately believes that they were buried at the adjacent future golf course, which I personally doubt, this is a sloping grass area with natural springs and two small ponds, furthermore the overflow from the swimming pools dissects this part and flows into the river Amper which is the boundary of the complex on the north-western side. The ground water level would be approximately at 1.5 meters. Although I did find about three small overgrown mounds, which may have been part of (20*) buried children that took cyanide capsules from their mothers after their fathers were shot during another incident.sic]

    Those of SS guards, who initially escaped, Buechner writes, they would have tried to mingle with the inmates. But they were soon discovered and were either beaten to death by inmates or shot (p. 97). You are therefore expected to include these figures among the victims. To support his description Buechner quotes a number of witnesses who have seen the details of what happened.

    He calls their names and published their statements and photos. More photos of Buechner show the capture of the German guards, the entire murder scene described by him and details of individuals or small groups of slain soldiers.

    Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — March 10, 2018 @ 3:09 pm

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