Conduct Unbecoming: The Story of the Murder of Canadian Prisoners of War in Normandy

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 279 pages

On the afternoon of 7 June 1944, Lorne Brown, a private serving with the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division in Normandy, was bayoneted to death while trying to surrender to troops of Nazi Germany's Tlite 12th SS Division 'Hitler Youth.' Over the next ten days, more than a hundred and fifty Canadian soldiers were brutally murdered after capture by the 12th SS. Despite months of post-war investigation by Allied courts, however, only two senior officers of the 12th SS were ever tried for war crimes.

Drawing extensively on archival sources, Howard Margolian reveals the full account of an atrocious chapter in history and exposes the causes - an inept and indifferent Canadian military justice system, and a Canadian government all too willing to let bygones be bygones - of the flagrant inaction that followed. Highly praised for both its meticulous research and its engaging passion, this book will resonate with veterans, those interested in war crimes, military buffs, and historians.

 

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In great detail. this volume examines the murder of approximately 147 Canadian soldiers in the first days of the Normandy invasion by the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitler Youth". Margolian begins his ... Read full review

Contents

The Perpetrators
3
The Victims
17
Deployment for Battle
31
The Battle of Authie
43
The Milius Murders
57
The Meyer Murders
67
The Battle of PutotenBessin
75
The Bremer Murders
82
An End to the Killing?
117
Indictment
125
The Twisted Road to Justice
134
The Case against Kurt Meyer
143
The Trial of Kurt Meyer
157
The Ones Who Got Away
171
Epilogue
181
NOTES
189

The Mohnke Murders
90
The Murders at Bretteville and Norrey
103
The Murders at Le MesnilPatry
110
SELECTED LIST OF PRIMARY SOURCES
267
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HOWARD MARGOLIAN specializes in the history of the Second World War. From 1990 to 1997, he worked as an investigator for the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the Department of Justice of Canada.

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