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ORIGINAL COURT DOCKET LSSAH SS ARREST PHOTOS MALMEDY MASSACRE
132 DACHAU TRIAL ARREST PHOTOS: PEIPER DEITRICH KRAEMER PRIESS
Here is an historic collection of original/vintage arrest photo and charge sheets that were generated for use during the Malmedy Massacre and Dachau War Crimes Trials, officially known as the General Military Government Court at Dachau. It is actually a presentation brief that was compiled by the prosecution team, and assembled as such.

This docket includes five prefaced pages of original statements by the prosecution, that outlines the case against the accused. Those five pages of stated facts, are then followed by a single arrest sheet that lists all of the 74 individuals that were charged, by name and with a number beside that name. We will use the number as an index throughout this document, instead of the actual accused SS man's name. That one single charge sheet also lists the primary, basic charge that stands against all the men, "Violation of the Laws and Usages of War."

These items were originally obtained from a relative of one of the stenographers serving at the trial itself, even though they are named to a "Frank Corbin" who was the staff officer in charge to oversee conduct of the trial. I purchased this fine historic docket from Ebay seller, "cameone23" on November the 15TH of 2009 as auction item number, "370285948922". The title of that ad was, "Dachau Trials Malmedy Massacre Nazi Arrest Photos WWII" on the first line and then, "130 Original Arrest Photos w/Documents Deitrich Peiper"

These documents and photos have been stored for decades and apparently were not stored under optimal conditions, as it appears that "silverfish" have had a lunch and a half on the lower portions of many of the pages. The saving grace here is that all of the charges are vastly identical, as the men acted in units and spread their carnage throughout geographic areas en-masse, so the charges are easy to read, once you have a few of them represented to link to the other men of similar units. I will break all of the charges down later, but for now let's detail exactly what we have here.

Overall, the photos themselves are in excellent to mint condition. There are a small sampling that have a tear on them, as the pages were struck against something hard and damaged them, but that is only on a couple. The majority are mint and time capsule perfect in every way. They are in the same condition as when first printed for use during the trial.

Starting at the front, the first page or cover page to the docket has vintage penned dedications. Some of these names are insidious in themselves. Let's remember, the Malmedy trial was a farce. The prosecution used methods as equally evil and viscous as the Nazis they were trying to sentence; to include beatings, mock trials in dark rooms around a table lighted only by candles around a crucifix; and bogus priests promising absolution if the prisoner would agree to sign false statements, mock threats of execution, lies, cohesion and threats of reprisals on the prisoner's wife, children and parents if he refused to sign dictated statements.

The victims were no saints, but the accusations stood that "Jews" among the prosecution staff were brutal at every possible point, breaking bones, smashing jaws and maiming testicles of their SS captives, starvation and solitary confinement for months without exercise or visitors or correspondence whenever they thought it would further their cause or gain some confession.

The docket cover sheet begins:

"To Col. Frank Corbin as a token of our appreciation for your cooperation and loyalty."

Then:

"Burton Ellis, T.J.A." (which is an abbreviation for "Trial Judge Advocate"). A Lt. Colonel, Burton was chief spiritual Jew and prosecutor in the affair.

"Raphael Shumacker, Asst T.J.A." A Captain, Raphael was Ellis' chief assistant prosecutor and also a Jew and outspoken Zionist.

"Homer B. Crawford, Asst. T.J.A." was a Lieutenant Colonel, with his ethnicity unknown to me.

"Morris Elowitz Asst TJA" The most notorious of the lot. A civilian and avowed Zionist who beat prisoners mercilessly. A real hypocrite and thug.

"Robert E Byrne Asst TJA" his ethnicity is unknown to me, but a 1ST Lieutenant who eventually became the chief prosecutor. Except for the prisoners, most everyone in the trial was Jewish. Talk about impartial justice!

These interrogators were nothing more than self-righteous criminals who thought themselves Zion's gatekeepers. Oddly, for what the Jews cry as having overtaken them in WWII at the hands of the Nazis, they oddly had no trouble dishing out themselves. Take for example the first recorded Genocide to have occurred in recorded world history, the total extermination of the Caananite empire as recorded in both Deuteronomy and Samuel, when God commanded, "However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them - the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites - as the LORD your God has commanded you." That was men, women, children, goats, sheep and all living creatures. Talk about a HOLOCAUST!

Starting at the front page are the penned dedications of the above five men, if you can call them that. Note that Colonel Frank P. Corbin would eventually in his career become a Brigadier General, but in 1946 he was assigned to post-war Europe as the Staff Judge Advocate of the 3RD Army. While in that charge, he was detailed in April as the officer in charge of the War Crimes Branch and responsible for the overall conduct of the trial for the Malmedy accused, as well as other War Crimes Trials such as the Belsen case (note that I have some of the Belsen evidence photos as well in a separate lot). This Malmedy docket is historic, and due to the inscriptions on the front, is a one-of-a-kind offering that is forever guaranteed to be original.

I should also like to point out that from a legal perspective that the Malmedy trials which took place between May the 16th of 1946 and July the 16th of 1946 were flawed in that the accused were already held as "guilty" by a string of evidence, and had through this farce trial to prove their innocence - an impossible task for the Defense Council. The trial was not to establish guilt, but the level of culpability of each of the accused, and they were all railroaded in that regard. Some of these guys were mere drivers and never fired a shot, but were arrested along with about everyone from the LSSAH that was "there at the crossroads" and at other locations at specific moments in time. As the years went by, the men languished in prison and the Chief Defense Council began raising serious issues with the conduct of the prosecution team, so much that eventually all of the verdicts were overturned. Not a single one of the men was ever executed.

By 1949, following a series of public outrages (after all, we were supposed to be the "good guys" and not cheap vindictive thugs) and counter charges as to misconduct by the Jewish prosecution team, and after further investigations over whether justice had been served during the conduct of the trial, all of the remaining death sentences were commuted. This huge effort was primarily fought by Chief Defense Counsel Lieutenant Colonel Willis M. Everett, of Atlanta, Georgia, who was the defense attorney for the accused. He spent his own money and ruined his health in the struggle to free these men. A U.S. Senate Armed Services Sub-Committee began an investigation, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy.

On January the 31ST of 1951, following years of accusations, denials, investigations, controversy and political turmoil, all sentences were commuted and the release of all of the SS men began. On December 22ND of 1956, the last of the Malmedy prisoners, Peiper, was released from Landsberg prison, am Lech in Bavaria. Peiper spent 11 of the best years of his life in prison, including 55 months on death row. He eventually settled in Eastern France at the town of Traves, where he did translation and other work until July the 14TH of 1976 (Bastille Day) when assailants attacked his home with firebombs and he died. Mysteriously, firefighters responding to the blaze found their hoses cut and later, masked men appeared to claim, "We got Peiper!"

You will also notice that on the 4TH page of the docket preface pages, there is a paragraph that mentions "an appendix" to this dossier with "photographs" of the accused. That appendix is actually this collection which you are viewing at this moment. The condition of the five preface pages is "slightly damaged" by silverfish, but in no way is that damage affecting any of the text. In most cases it is still easy to read in its entirety.

Following those five pages is the actual summary charge sheet against the men, then a single page that belongs to each of the numbered accused. Each of those individual charge sheets was created to hold two photographs of each man, one taken from about the waist up, and the other at full body length.

There are original/vintage arrest photo charge sheets for 69 of the original 74 men that were eventually charged for trial. Several SS Troopers were also arrested, but never tried for lack of evidence: Haas, Helmut, Hergeth, Emil, Losenski, Herbert and Pedersen, Werner (None of those men appear in these documents). Also, one 18 year old SS Trooper named Arvid Freimuth committed suicide after having suffered numerous beatings in June of 1946 (he is not represented here in this docket either). The difference between the original contents of the dossier at 74 pages, and what we have here at 69 pages, means that there are 5 pages out of the 74 original pages that are missing to time.

Of those 69 existing pages, there are only two pages that are missing both of the photos. That leaves 67 pages that are supposed to contain two photographs for each man. However, all have two photographs of each man, as designed, except two pages that have only one photograph each. Therefore, two photos have become detached over time and lost, the same as the 5 pages we already discussed - and the two pages with no photographs at all. That leaves 65 pages completely intact, 2 pages with one photo each, and two pages with no photos and 5 pages missing. All of the missing sheets and photographs are of junior men. The photographs can be easily removed from any of the pages, as they are but lightly affixed by some glue along the topmost edges alone, and therefore not hinged or glued along more than just that one thin edge of each photograph (explaining why some were lost).

Along with the 132 arrest photos mounted within this dossier, there are three photos taken during the trial of staff personnel at some function where they appear to be handling evidence photos. Also included is a large photo of a building. I count 135 photos and a post card in total. All of the arrest photos are about 4 inches tall by just a fraction under 3 inches wide. As I mentioned before, all of the higher ranking officers are present within the dossier, from Generals to Colonels, to Majors, Captains and Lieutenants. The missing photos and charge sheets are all junior platoon-level soldiers. In addition, all of the "implicated" men, such as Georg Phelps who was accused of firing the first shot are present.

Of great historic value is the information beneath each set of photographs. The accused's full name, SS rank, SS unit designation down to the unit platoon level is recorded. I do admit that there are a half a dozen errors in these prosecution assembled listings of unit assignments. For example, even within the main five preface pages, it mentions the composition of the LSSAH as having a "3RD Panzer Grenadier Regiment." That is false. They meant to say the "2ND Panzer Grenadier Regiment." Today, such a technical omission on the part of a prosecution team could signify a mis-trial.

And on a few of the men's charge sheets there is also an error, such as with indicted SS Trooper #34 Werner KUEHN. It reports that he was in the 9TH Panzer Pioneer Company of the 1ST SS Panzer Regiment. However, no such unit existed within that Regiment, but in fact the 9TH Panzer Pioneer Company was part of the 1ST Pioneer Battalion. Barring these minor errors, 99% of the remaining documents are correct. All SS rank is unique and differs from the standard German Army (Wehrmacht) rank, so along with the SS men's rank on each charge sheet is listed the U.S. Army equivalent to that rank.

In each photo the accused holds a Signal Corps studio board with their name. Two of the SS men have a missing leg, so they either balance precariously or lean heavily on a crutch. One fine gent has a Hitler moustache and a few are grinning uncomfortably, but most seem to stare defiantly or obliviously into the camera. Although nearly all are wearing some uniform, either American, French or Wehrmacht, none has any Nazi insignia of any type and their uniforms are void of rank - except SS General Priess, who has shoulder boards present. A few of the men wear Wehrmacht tunics with generic collar insignia and one wears a fantastic SS Spot Camouflage Panzer wrap tunic! Another has the matching SS spot trousers, and a few have "P"& "W" painted on the legs of their trousers (Prisoner of War).

Some of the more historic arrest photos include:

#11 - SS General Josef Sepp Dietrich,

#42 - SS Colonel Joachim Peiper,

#45 - SS General Herman Priess,

#14 - Georg Fleps, and SS volunteer from Romania who was accused of firing the first shot - and finally

#03 - Marcel Boltz who was a French volunteer with the SS and released to French custody and

#01 - Valentin Bersin who was listed as "US vs. Valentin Bersin" since his name appeared first and rather than list all the men, the charge was condensed to read only the first man's name from the longer list of accused.

I should mention that the entire dossier is mounted within archival sheet protectors and in an attractive binder, along with some incidental items that I have created during my research. First, let's go over the individual charges. I found 74 individual and distinct charges that apply to any/some of the 74 of the accused. While most charges are nearly identical and only vary from local to local where the atrocities were purported to have occurred, the basic charges themselves can be categorized into only two main criteria:

Either ordering or abetting the crimes of murder, or actually carrying out the crime by shooting civilians or prisoners of war at various locations within Belgium on various dates. I assembled this unique list of charges by starting at the beginning and then working my way through all of the accused charge sheets as those charges were assembled by the prosecution team on the charge sheet. If a change was so similar as to only vary by a word or two, such as saying "shot" or "to be shot" then I left them merged into one charge by separating the differences with a "/" character. Same with "at/near" in the town locations. After garnering the entire list of unique charges, I then grouped the charges by date and location and severity.

For example, charges 01 through 03 begin on the 14TH of December, then come charges of the 15TH of December and so on until they end in January. By condensing this list of charges into a static numeric list, we cut down the reference time and have a better feel for what the actual substance of the trial was about. We can also follow the charges in a time chronology. Any reference that is included between a "{" and "}" is some note that I have added, usually as to some omitted text on the original document or such. In the next section of this document I have provided a list of each or the indicted SS Troopers and link them to a specific numeric charge. In this section however, after each charge is a number that is contained between a "[" and "]" which refers to the order that the indicted SS Trooper appears on the original main trial charge sheet. For now, let's read through the list of individual charges:

List of charges, as ordered by numeric sequence and organized by date

Each charge is followed by the SS Trooper's info: "Chain-of-Command" "Military Occupation" "Rank" "Name" "Indictment Number"

01 - On or about 14 December 1944 ordered his army to conduct the offensive ruthlessly against civilians and to shoot prisoners of war.

6TH SS Pz. Army - Army Commander Generaloberst (General) Josef (Sepp) DIETRICH - SS Trooper #11

02 - On or about 14 December 1944 aided and abetted in the transmission of the 6TH SS Pz. Army order to conduct the offensively ruthlessly against civilians and to shoot prisoners of war.

6TH SS Pz. Army - Chief of Staff Brigadefuehrer (Brigadier General) Fritz KRAEMER - SS Trooper #33

03 - On or about 14 December 1944 in a talk to the commanding officers of his regiment ordered that civilians should be treated ruthlessly and that no prisoners of war were to be taken.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., (Battle Group Peiper) LSSAH - Regimental Commander Stardartenfuehrer (Colonel) Joachim PEIPER - SS Trooper #42

04 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to the commanding officers of subordinate units of his corps ordered the offensive to be conducted with hardness and brutality and that no prisoners of war were to be taken.

1ST SS Pz. Corps, 6TH SS Pz. Army - Commanding General Gruppenfuehrer (Lt. General) Hermann PRIESS - SS Trooper #45

05 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a speech to his Battalion officers ordered that no prisoners were to be taken.

3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Battalion Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Josef DIEFENTHAL - SS Trooper #10

06 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to his company commanders ordered the shooting of prisoners of war and allied civilians.

1ST Recon Bn., LSSAH - Battalion Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Gustav KNITTEL - SS Trooper #31

07 - On or about 15 December 1944 aided and abetted in the transmission of the Regimental order that no prisoners of war were to be taken.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Adjutant Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Hans GRUHLE - SS Trooper #19

08 - On or about 15 December 1944 aided in the transmission of the order to company commanders of the 1st Bn. to shoot prisoners of war and allied civilians.

1ST Bn., 1ST Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Adjutant Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Arndt FISCHER - SS Trooper #13

09 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to his company ordered that no prisoners were to/would be taken.

2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Friedrich CHRIST - SS Trooper #07

7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Oskar KLINGELHOEFER - SS Trooper #35

10TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Georg PREUSS - SS Trooper #44

10 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to the men of his Company ordered that no prisoners of war were to be taken and to slaughter civilians.

6TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Benoni JUNCKER - SS Trooper #29

11 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to his company ordered that no prisoners of war would be taken and that civilians that showed themselves would bumped off.

11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Heinz TOMHARDT - SS Trooper #67

12 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to his company ordered prisoners of war and allied civilians were to be shot.

2ND Co., 1ST Recon Bn., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Manfred COBLENZ - SS Trooper #09

13 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to his company ordered that no prisoners were to be taken and to terrorize the enemy.

9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Erich RUMPF - SS Trooper #54

14 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to his platoon leaders ordered that no prisoners were to be taken and had similar orders given to his company.

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Franz SIEVERS - SS Trooper #59

15 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a speech to his platoon ordered that no prisoners were to be taken.

1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Hans HENNECKE - SS Trooper #23

16 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to his platoon ordered that no prisoners of war would be taken.

3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Erich MEUNKEMER - SS Trooper #39

4TH Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Heinz REHAGEL - SS Trooper #48

{This charge is partially reconstructed from residual text.}

17 - On or about 15 December 1944 in a talk to his platoon ordered that no prisoners were to be taken and that civilians who showed themselves should be shot.

2ND Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Heinz HENDEL - SS Trooper #22

18 - On or about 16 December 1944 in a talk to his platoon ordered that no prisoners were to be taken.

3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Hans SIPTROTT - SS Trooper #60

19 - On or about 17 December 1944 at the crossroads south of Malmedy, Belgium, ordered prisoners of war shot.

3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Hans SIPTROTT - SS Trooper #60

9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Erich RUMPF - SS Trooper #54

20 - On or about 17 December 1944 at the crossroads south of Malmedy, Belgium, was responsible for a member of his crew firing on prisoners of war.

2ND Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Commander Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Roman CLOTTEN - SS Trooper #08

21 - On or about 17 December 1944 at the crossroads south of Malmedy, Belgium, permitted a crew member of his tank to fire on prisoners of war.

1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Hans HENNECKE - SS Trooper #23

22 - On or about 17 December 1944 at the crossroads south of Malmedy, Belgium, permitted prisoners of war to be shot.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Adjutant Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Hans GRUHLE - SS Trooper #19

3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Battalion Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Josef DIEFENTHAL - SS Trooper #10

23 - On or about 17 December 1944 at the crossroads south of Malmedy, Belgium, permitted and encouraged the firing on prisoners of war by members of his tank crew.

2ND Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Commander Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Hubert HUBER - SS Trooper #27

{This charge is partially reconstructed from residual text.}

24 - On or about 17 December 1944 at the crossroads south of Malmedy, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Friedrich CHRIST - SS Trooper #07

Hq. Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Troop Leader Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Willi SCHAEFER - SS Trooper #55

Communications Pl., HQS Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - SPW Driver Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Hans HILLIG - SS Trooper #24

1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Radio Operator Strummann (Pfc.) Fritz ECKMANN - SS Trooper #12

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Group Leader Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Friedel BODE - SS Trooper #02

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Machine Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Marcel BOLTZ - SS Trooper #03

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - SPW Driver Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Ernst GOLDSCHMIDT - SS Trooper #18

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Messenger Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Max HAMMERER - SS Trooper #20

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - SPW Driver Strummann (Pfc.) Joachim HOFFMANN - SS Trooper #26

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Rifleman and Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Siegfried JAEKEL - SS Trooper #28

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Machine Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Friedel KIES - SS Trooper #30

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Asst. Driver SPW Strummann (Pfc.) Gustav NEVE - SS Trooper #40

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - SPW Driver Strummann (Pfc.) Gustav SPRENGER - SS Trooper #61

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Machine Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Heinz STICKEL - SS Trooper #63

2ND Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Commander Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Hubert HUBER - SS Trooper #27

3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Assistant Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Georg FLEPS - SS Trooper #14

4TH Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Heinz REHAGEL - SS Trooper #48

9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Erich RUMPF - SS Trooper #54

9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Asst. Rifleman Strummann (Pfc.) Max RIEDER - SS Trooper #51

Penal Group, 9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Machine Gunner Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Willi von CHAMIER - SS Trooper #06

{This charge is the most inclusive, involving 20 SS Troopers in this single incident.}

25 - On or about 17 December 1944 fired on prisoners of war in or near Buellingen, Belgium.

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Rifleman and Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Siegfried JAEKEL - SS Trooper #28

26 - On or about 17 December 1944 at Buellingen, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Group Leader Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Friedel BODE - SS Trooper #02

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Machine Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Marcel BOLTZ - SS Trooper #03

27 - On or about 17 December 1944 at Buellingen, Belgium, fired on allied civilians.

9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Asst. Rifleman Strummann (Pfc.) Max RIEDER - SS Trooper #51

28 - On or about 17 December 1944 at Honsfeld, Belgium, ordered prisoners of war shot.

9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Erich RUMPF - SS Trooper #54

29 - On or about 17 December 1944 at Honsfeld, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - SPW Driver Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Ernst GOLDSCHMIDT - SS Trooper #18

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Messenger Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Max HAMMERER - SS Trooper #20

2ND Pl., 12TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Anton MOTZHEIM - SS Trooper #38

30 - On or about 17 December 1944 at Ligneuville, (Engelsdorf) Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

Recon. Pl., Hqs. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Paul OCHMANN - SS Trooper #41

31 - On or about 17 December 1944 near {illegible, unable to re-construct the town} Belgium, ordered a prisoner of war shot.

10TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Georg PREUSS - SS Trooper #44

32 - On or about 18 December 1944 near Cheneux, Belgium, permitted a prisoner of war to be shot.

3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Battalion Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Josef DIEFENTHAL - SS Trooper #10

33 - On or about 18 December 1944 near Cheneux, Belgium, permitted a prisoner of war to be fired upon in his presence.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., (Battle Group Peiper) LSSAH - Regimental Commander Stardartenfuehrer (Colonel) Joachim PEIPER - SS Trooper #42

34 - On or about 18 December 1944 at/near Cheneux, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Rifleman Grenadier (Pvt.) Fritz GEBAUER - SS Trooper #16

4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Rifleman Grenadier (Pvt.) Fritz RAU - SS Trooper #46

9TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - SPW Driver Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) - Paul ZWIGART - SS Trooper #74

35 - On or about 18 December 1944 at or in the vicinity of Stavelot, Belgium, ordered allied civilians shot.

1ST Recon Bn., LSSAH - Battalion Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Gustav KNITTEL - SS Trooper #31

36 - On or about 18 December 1944 near Stavelot, Belgium, permitted his tank to fire on allied civilians.

1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Hans HENNECKE - SS Trooper #23

37 - On or about 18 December 1944 at La Gleize, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

1ST Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - SPW Driver Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Armin HECHT - SS Trooper #21

1ST Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Radioman Grenadier (Pvt.) Heinz GOEDICKE - SS Trooper #17

1ST Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Rifleman Grenadier (Pvt.) Wolfgang RICHTER - SS Trooper #50

4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH – Rifleman Grenadier (Pvt.) Fritz RAU - SS Trooper #46

4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Rifleman Grenadier (Pvt.) Fritz GEBAUER - SS Trooper #16

38 - On or about 18 December 1944 near Stoumont, Belgium, fired on allied civilians.

2ND Pl., 6TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Commander Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) August TONK - SS Trooper #68

39 - On or about 19 December 1944 at/in Stoumont, Belgium, ordered a prisoner of war shot.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., (Battle Group Peiper) LSSAH - Regimental Commander Stardartenfuehrer (Colonel) Joachim PEIPER - SS Trooper #42

2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Friedrich CHRIST - SS Trooper #07

40 - On or about 19 December 1944 at/in Stoumont, Belgium, ordered prisoners of war shot/to be shot.

Hq. Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Troop Leader Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Willi SCHAEFER - SS Trooper #55

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Franz SIEVERS - SS Trooper #59

41 - On or about 19 December 1944 near Stoumont, Belgium, aided in the firing on prisoners of war.

3RD Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Driver Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Erwin SZYPERSKI - SS Trooper #65

42 - On or about 19 December 1944 at/in/near Stoumont, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

Hq. Sec., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST En., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Commander Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Hans PLETZ - SS Trooper #43

Communications Pl., HQS Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - SPW Driver Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Hans HILLIG - SS Trooper #24

2ND Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Driver Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Erich WERNER - SS Trooper #72

2ND Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Radio Operator Strummann (Pfc.) Arnold MIKOLASCHEK - SS Trooper #37

2ND Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Gunner Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Heinz HOFMANN - SS Trooper #25

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Franz SIEVERS - SS Trooper #59

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - SPW Driver Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Ernst GOLDSCHMIDT - SS Trooper #18

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - SPW Driver Strummann (Pfc.) Joachim HOFFMANN - SS Trooper #26

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - SPW Driver Strummann (Pfc.) Gustav SPRENGER - SS Trooper #61

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Messenger Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Max HAMMERER - SS Trooper #20

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Machine Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Friedel KIES - SS Trooper #30

3RD Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Machine Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Rolf RITZER - SS Trooper #52

3RD Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Driver Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Erwin SZYPERSKI - SS Trooper #65

4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Machine Gunner Strummann (Pfc.) Willi BRAUN - SS Trooper #04

4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - SPW Driver Grenadier (Pvt.) Heinz FRIEDRICHS - SS Trooper #15

4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Replacement Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Edmund TOMCZAK - SS Trooper #66

{This charge is the second most inclusive, involving 16 SS Troopers in this single incident.}

43 -On or about 19 December 1944 at Stoumont, Belgium, permitted men under his command to fire on prisoners of war.

1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Hans HENNECKE - SS Trooper #23

44 - On or about 19 December 1944 in Stoumont, Belgium, permitted prisoners of war to be shot in his presence.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., (Battle Group Peiper) LSSAH - Regimental Commander Stardartenfuehrer (Colonel) Joachim PEIPER - SS Trooper #42

45 - On or about 19 December 1944 at Stavelot or La Gleize, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Radio Operator Strummann (Pfc.) Fritz ECKMANN - SS Trooper #12

46 - On or about 20 December 1944 at Stoumont, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

Hq. Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Troop Leader Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Willi SCHAEFER - SS Trooper #55

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Messenger Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Max HAMMERER - SS Trooper #20

47 - On or about 20 December 1944 at Wanne, Belgium, permitted and assisted in the shooting of allied civilians.

6TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Werner STERNEBECK - SS Trooper #62

48 - On or about 20 December 1944 at Wanne, Belgium, assisted in the shooting of allied civilians

2ND Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Radioman Strummann (Pfc.) Georg KOTZUR - SS Trooper #32

49 - On or about 20 December 1944 at Wanne, Belgium, fired on allied civilians.

2ND Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Loader Strummann (Pfc.) Hans TRETTIN - SS Trooper #69

50 - On or about 20 December 1944 in the vicinity of La Gleize, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

2ND Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Motor Mechanic Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Oswald SIEGMUND - SS Trooper #58

51 - On or about 21 December 1944 in the vicinity of Stavelot, Belgium, ordered prisoners of war shot.

1ST Recon Bn., LSSAH - Battalion Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Gustav KNITTEL - SS Trooper #31

52 - On or about 21 December 1944 at/near La Gleize, Belgium, ordered prisoners of war shot.

2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Friedrich CHRIST - SS Trooper #07

9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Erich RUMPF - SS Trooper #54

53 - On or about 21 December 1944 at/in the vicinity of La Gleize, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

Hq. Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Troop Leader Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Willi SCHAEFER - SS Trooper #55

1ST Pl., 9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Medic Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Erich MAUTE - SS Trooper #36

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Messenger Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Max HAMMERER - SS Trooper #20

2ND Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Motor Mechanic Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Oswald SIEGMUND - SS Trooper #58

4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Rifleman Grenadier (Pvt.) Fritz RAU - SS Trooper #46

54 - Was responsible for the killing of allied civilians on or about 21 December 1944 at Wanne, Belgium.

2ND Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Commander Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Valentin BERSIN - SS Trooper #01

55 - On or about 22 December 1944 at La Gleize, Belgium, aided and abetted in the shooting of prisoners of war.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Adjutant Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Hans GRUHLE - SS Trooper #19

1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Adjutant Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Rolf REISER - SS Trooper #49

56 - On or about 22 December 1944 at La Gleize, Belgium, furnished a detail to shoot prisoners of war.

1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Hans HENNECKE - SS Trooper #23

57 - On or about 22 December 1944 at La Gleize, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

Hq. Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Troop Leader Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Willi SCHAEFER - SS Trooper #55

1ST Pl., 12TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - SPW Commander Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Rudolf SCHWAMBACH - SS Trooper #56

2ND Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tank Driver Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Erich WERNER - SS Trooper #72

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Messenger Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Max HAMMERER - SS Trooper #20

2ND Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Motor Mechanic Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Oswald SIEGMUND - SS Trooper #58

2ND Pl., 12TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - SPW Driver Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Axel RODENBURG - SS Trooper #53

58 - On or about 23 December 1944 at La Gleize, Belgium, ordered prisoners of war shot.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., (Battle Group Peiper) LSSAH - Regimental Commander Stardartenfuehrer (Colonel) Joachim PEIPER - SS Trooper #42

59 - On or about 23 December 1944 at La Gleize, Belgium, fired on prisoners of war.

2ND Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Motor Mechanic Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Oswald SIEGMUND - SS Trooper #58

60 - On or about 31 December 1944 near Lutrebois, Belgium, caused civilians to be shot.

3RD Pl., 9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Werner KUEHN - SS Trooper #34

{This charge is partially reconstructed from residual text.}

61 - On or about 13 January 1945 in Petit Their, Belgium, ordered a prisoner of war shot/to be shot.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., (Battle Group Peiper) LSSAH - Regimental Commander Stardartenfuehrer (Colonel) Joachim PEIPER - SS Trooper #42

1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Regimental Surgeon and Hqs. Company Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Kurt SICKEL - SS Trooper #57

62 - On or about 13 January 1945 in Petit Their, Belgium, fired on a prisoner of war.

Hqs. Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Tool-Weapon Sgt. Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Otto WICKMAN - SS Trooper #73

63 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war and allied civilians by officers and men of Combat Group Peiper between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

1ST SS Pz. Corps, 6TH SS Pz. Army - Commanding General Gruppenfuehrer (Lt. General) Hermann PRIESS - SS Trooper #45

6TH SS Pz. Army - Army Commander Generaloberst (General) Josef (Sepp) DIETRICH - SS Trooper #11

6TH SS Pz. Army - Chief of Staff Brigadefuehrer (Brigadier General) Fritz KRAEMER - SS Trooper #33

64 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war by men of his group between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Group Leader Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Friedel BODE - SS Trooper #02

65 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war and allied civilians by men of his regiment and battle group between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., (Battle Group Peiper) LSSAH - Regimental Commander Stardartenfuehrer (Colonel) Joachim PEIPER - SS Trooper #42

66 - Was responsible for the shooting of prisoners of war and allied civilians by men of the 1st SS Pz. Regt. between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Adjutant Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Hans GRUHLE - SS Trooper #19

67 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war by men of his battalion between 16 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Battalion Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Josef DIEFENTHAL - SS Trooper #10

68 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war and allied civilians by officers and men of the 1st Bn. between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

1ST Bn., 1ST Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Adjutant Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Arndt FISCHER - SS Trooper #13

69 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war and allied civilians by men of his battalion between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

1ST Recon Bn., LSSAH - Battalion Commander Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Gustav KNITTEL - SS Trooper #31

70 - Was responsible for the shooting of prisoners of war by men of his company between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Franz SIEVERS - SS Trooper #59

2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Friedrich CHRIST - SS Trooper #07

7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Oskar KLINGELHOEFER - SS Trooper #35

10TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Georg PREUSS - SS Trooper #44

71 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war and allied civilians by officers and men of his company between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

2ND Co., 1ST Recon Bn., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Manfred COBLENZ - SS Trooper #09

72 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war and allied civilians by men of his company between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

6TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Benoni JUNCKER - SS Trooper #29

9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Erich RUMPF - SS Trooper #54

11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Company Commander Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Heinz TOMHARDT - SS Trooper #67

73 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war by men of his platoon between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Hans SIPTROTT - SS Trooper #60

3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Erich MEUNKEMER - SS Trooper #39

4TH Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Heinz REHAGEL - SS Trooper #48

{For SS Troopers 39 and 60, the charges are reconstructed from residual text, but so much exists that the charge is easy to discern.}

74 - Was responsible for the shootings of prisoners of war and allied civilians by men of his platoon between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945.

1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Hans HENNECKE - SS Trooper #23

2ND Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH - Platoon Leader Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Heinz HENDEL - SS Trooper #22

Now that we have the Charges listed above, along with the implicated SS Trooper's Indictment Number that each was assigned on the main charge sheet, let's go ahead and present the entry list for each of the accused men, followed by the accused SS Trooper's Last then First Name, SS rank, the U.S. Army rank equivalent, their military occupation responsibility as listed during the incidents named, and then the specific charge count(s) that are listed for each SS man as contained on each man's charge sheet. Also included is the SS soldier's responsibility chain of command, in most cases reported down to the platoon-level. There are a few errors and I list them when discovered. These additional notes are referenced between brackets "{" and "}"

Remember, I have condensed these charges into a series of sequential numbers, so I will show each SS Trooper's charge number(s) between a "[" and "]"

List of accused SS Troopers, in their Indictment Number order of appearance on the docket

Below are the men of Pfiefer-Kampf Grupe Pfiefer, under Sepp Dietrich that survived the war to be indicted

Each entry is followed by the Indictment Charge number and the original court trial sentence, and final adjudication

01 - Valentin BERSIN, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Tank Commander 2ND Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 54]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

02 - Friedel BODE, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Group Leader 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 26, 64]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

03 - Marcel BOLTZ, Strummann (Pfc.) Machine Gunner 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 26]

No Findings: Never tried. Charges withdrawn and released from holding.

{Marcel was a French volunteer with the SS. He was born in the Alsace province and as a French citizen, he was released into French custody and never stood trial for any of his Malmedy crimes. His release was performed via the State Department and French foreign affairs.}

04 - Willi BRAUN, Strummann (Pfc.) Machine Gunner 4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 42]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Positioned as a crew member within a Schützenpanzerwagen (SPW), Willi participated in the killing of 7 American POWs that were being led to the rear by German Paratroopers "Fallschirmjagers."}

05 - Kurt BREISEMEISTER,

[Charges: Unknown]

Death Sentence: Sentence eventually overturned for lack of evidence with an acquittal and the accused released from prison.

{Kurt's charge sheet is one of the five missing pages from this dossier, but there is some information from the web available: Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Tank Commander - 1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH.

In addition, the following statement is paraphrased from testimony of other SS Trooper interrogation statements:

"At about 3:30 PM on December the 17th of 1944 after the main part of the Kampfgruppe Peiper had already murdered the American POWs at the at the crossroads on N32 south of Malmedy, Belgium - Panther Mk IV Number 114 commanded by Unterscharfuhrer Kurt Briesemeister arrived at the scene. He stopped about 20 yards east of the crossroads on the N32 road and could see south into the field where a large number of American POWs were evidently wounded, but mostly dead.

Other POWs were in the act of escaping into the woods northwest of the field and behind a cafe in an attempt to head west towards Hedomont. Panzer crews were busy hunting the escaped POWs down to kill them and Briesemeister shot at many without calling any to halt.

Kurt's crew effected some minor repairs to their tank and then went into the field to loot bodies. While there, they shot some Americans who had survived the earlier shootings. Briesemeister encouraged his crew to open fire and then returned to his Panzer to arm himself with inside radio operator's machinegun and carried it to the field where the American POWs were lying. He fired some 70 to 80 rounds into the Americans."

Indictments from Kurt's actions would have resulted in Charges 23 & 24}

06 - Willi von CHAMIER, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Machine Gunner Penal Group, 9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 24]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Will's Regiment is listed in error. The 9TH Panzer Pioneer Company was part of the 1ST Pioneer Battalion, and not the 1ST SS Panzer Regiment. In addition, both of Willi's photographs are missing from his charge sheet, one of two such omissions in this docket.}

07 - Friedrich CHRIST, Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Company Commander 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 09, 24, 39, 52, 70]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

08 - Roman CLOTTEN, Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Tank Commander 2ND Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 20]

10 Years Imprisonment

09 - Manfred COBLENZ, Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Company Commander 2ND Co., 1ST Recon Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 12, 71]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

10 - Josef DIEFENTHAL, Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Battalion Commander 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 05, 22, 32, 67]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Josef ordered the conduct of the operation in the Ardennes and had personally executed an American pilot who had been captured.}

11 - Josef (Sepp) DIETRICH, Generaloberst (General) Army Commander 6TH SS Pz. Army

[Charges: 01, 63]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence eventually vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Josef was a personal confidant of Adolf Hitler and IT once was stated by Hitler that "IF" Hitler had a son, he would want him to be exactly like Sepp.}

12 - Fritz ECKMANN, Strummann (Pfc.) Radio Operator 1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 45]

Death Sentence: Eventually finding of disapproval for lack of evidence and the accused released from prison.

13 - Arndt FISCHER, Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Adjutant 1ST Bn., 1ST Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 08, 68]

15 Years Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

14 - Georg FLEPS, Strummann (Pfc.) Assistant Gunner 3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 24]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Documents from interrogations record that several Panzers and halftracks were situated at the Baugnez crossroads with crews awaiting orders for movement. One of those was commanded by Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Hans SIPTROTT in Panzer Mark IV number 731.

His crew consisted of the driver in the front left position, Gerhard SCHAEFER, who was not indicted. Also in the front right was his radio operator Otto ARNOLD, who was not indicted. Seated behind these front positions was on the left, Rottenfuehrer WETENGEL as the main gunner, who was not indicted. The loader was Georg FLEPS. Fleps is accused of having fired the first shots with a P-38 pistol. Some decry that accusation in that the distance was far too great for a pistol to have been of any accuracy, so why fire?

Others state that Fleps was given a swift "boot in the ass" by the tank commander Siptrott after firing his pistol and later reported for having fired. During Flep's January the 5TH of 1946 interrogation, he was promised freedom if he implicated his commanders and through some insensible series of statements was labeled as the initial shooter.}

15 - Heinz FRIEDRICHS, Grenadier (Pvt.) SPW Driver 4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 42]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

{While part of a a Schutzenpanzerwagen (SPW) team, Heinz stated during interrogations that he had witnessed the murder of American POWS on three separate occasions.}

16 - Fritz GEBAUER, Grenadier (Pvt.) Rifleman 4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 34, 37]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

17 - Heinz GOEDICKE, Grenadier (Pvt.) Radioman 1ST Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 37]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

18 - Ernst GOLDSCHMIDT, Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) SPW Driver 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 29, 42]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

19 - Hans GRUHLE, Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Adjutant 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 07, 22, 55, 66]

20 Years Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

{During the actual trial phase, Hans detailed the killing of an American POW by the Regimental Surgeon, Kurt Sickel and discusses how and when orders to kill were handed down.}

20 - Max HAMMERER, Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Messenger 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 29, 42, 46, 54, 57]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

21 - Armin HECHT, Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) SPW Driver 1ST Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 37]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

22 - Heinz HENDEL, Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Platoon Leader 2ND Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 17, 74]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

23 - Hans HENNECKE, Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Platoon Leader 1ST Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 15, 21, 36, 43, 56, 74]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

24 - Hans HILLIG, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) SPW Driver Communications Pl., HQS Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 42]

10 Years Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

{One web page states that Hans personally executed an American POW after being ordered to by Stardartenfuehrer Peiper at the crossroads of Buellingen and Engelsdorf, Belgium. That would be either of charges 26 or 30, neither of which are part of his indictment.}

25 - Heinz HOFMANN, Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Gunner 2ND Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 42]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Fired on American POWs from a tank in the village of Stoumont.}

26 - Joachim HOFFMANN, Strummann (Pfc.) SPW Driver 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 42]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 20 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

27 - Hubert HUBER, Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Tank Commander 2ND Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 23, 24]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Although the indictment omits the Battalion, this Company is part of the 1ST Battalion of the 1ST SS Panzer Regiment of the LSSAH.

Hubert was indicted for having fired at an American POW that he'd discovered among the wounded in a mass shooting by others on the 17th of December in 1944, at the crossroads south of Malmedy, Belgium. Hubert left his Mk IV tank after arriving at the scene after the shooting, leaving his tank and going into the field where he found an American playing dead. Franz ordered the man to stand up, took his jacket, boots and watch and then shot the man in the back of the neck, heart, chest and head. Head.

Apparently, Hubert Huber had been previously reprimanded for not having been aggressive enough in obeying his orders to fire at everything in his path, so he was making a point in his overly ruthless murder of the discovered American at the crossroads.

Unterscharfuhrer Hans Hillig of the Communications Platoon, Headquarters Kompanie, 1st SS Panzer Regiment, LSSAH gave testimony that, "On the afternoon of December 17th of 1944, I witnessed Huber's first shooting of an American POW during the Eiffel Offensive. It occurred at the Baugnez Crossroads near Ligneuville while the Kampfgruppe stopped for a few minutes. Here I saw Huber walk into the pasture on the right-hand side of the road, and make an American prisoner get up after kicking him. Huber then ordered the prisoner to take off several pieces of clothing, finally motioning him to turn around, after which, he shot him. Huber fired several shots into the prisoner after he fell to the ground."}

28 - Siegfried JAEKEL, Strummann (Pfc.) Rifleman and Gunner 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 25]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 20 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Some spellings are Jäkel.}

29 - Benoni JUNCKER, Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Company Commander 6TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 10, 72]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{The original indictment dossier states that both Benoni and the accused #62, Werner STERNEBECK are the commanders of this identical company. Unless there was a co-command or a change in command, then one of those charge statements is in error.}

30 - Friedel KIES, Strummann (Pfc.) Machine Gunner 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 42]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 20 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

31 - Gustav KNITTEL, Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Battalion Commander 1ST Recon Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 06, 35, 51, 69]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

32 - Georg KOTZUR, Strummann (Pfc.) Radioman 2ND Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 48]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison. {Killed numerous civilians in the Belgian town or Wanne.}

33 - Fritz KRAEMER, Brigadefuehrer (Brigadier General) Chief of Staff 6TH SS Pz. Army

[Charges: 02, 63]

10 Years Imprisonment: Sentence eventually vacated and the accused released from prison.

34 - Werner KUEHN, Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Platoon Leader 3RD Pl., 9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charge: 60]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Werner Kuehn, sometimes spelled Kuhn, has his Regiment listed in error upon the initial charge sheet. The 9TH Panzer Pioneer Company was part of the 1ST Pioneer Battalion, and not the 1ST SS Panzer Regiment. It was part of the 1ST Pioneer Company.}

35 - Oskar KLINGELHOEFER, Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Company Commander 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 09, 70]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

36 - Erich MAUTE, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Medic 1ST Pl., 9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 54]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{There is an obvious error in the indictment dossier, in that the 9TH Panzer Pioneer Company was not a unit beneath the 1ST SS Panzer Regiment, but a subordinate unit to the 1ST Pioneer Battalion of the LSSAH. As we have seen, this same error occurred in other indictments.}

37 - Arnold MIKOLASCHEK, Strummann (Pfc.) Radio Operator 2ND Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 42]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Arnold was accused of firing a turret mounted machinegun into American POWs at Stoumont. Although the indictment omits the Battalion, this Company is part of the 1ST Battalion of the 1ST SS Panzer Regiment of the LSSAH.}

38 - Anton MOTZHEIM, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Platoon Leader 2ND Pl., 12TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 29]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 10 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

39 - Erich MEUNKEMER, Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Platoon Leader 3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 16, 73]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

40 - Gustav NEVE, Strummann (Pfc.) Asst. Driver SPW 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charge: 24]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 20 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

41 - Paul OCHMANN, Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Platoon Leader Recon. Pl., Hqs. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 30]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison. {Paul's middle name is "Hermann"}

42 - Joachim PEIPER, Stardartenfuehrer (Colonel) Regimental Commander 1ST SS Pz. Regt., (Battle Group Peiper) LSSAH

[Charges: 03, 33, 39, 44, 58, 61, 65]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

43 - Hans PLETZ, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Tank Commander Hq. Sec., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST En., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 42]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Both of Hans' photographs are missing from his charge sheet, one of two such omissions in this docket. In addition, Hans' unit is in error. The "2ND Pz. Co." was not part of any unit named the "1ST En." Instead, this is an obvious typographical error. The "2ND Pz. Co." is part of the "1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH"}

44 - Georg PREUSS, Hauptsturmfuehrer (Capt.) Company Commander 10TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 09, 31, 70]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

45 - Hermann PRIESS, Gruppenfuehrer (Lt. General) Commanding General 1ST SS Pz. Corps, 6TH SS Pz. Army

[Charges: 04, 63]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence eventually commuted to 20 Years Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

46 - Fritz RAU, Grenadier (Pvt.) Rifleman 4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 34, 37, 54]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

47 - Theo RAUH,

[Charges: Unknown]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Theodor’s charge sheet is one of the five missing pages from this dossier, but there is some information from the web available: Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) - 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH. Although the charges are unknown, Theo participated in the killing of 7 to 8 American POWs near La Gleize, Belgium. So the exact charge would vary by which date was in violation. It could therefore have been either or several of the following charges 37, 45, 50, 53, 57 or 59.}

48 - Heinz REHAGEL, Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Platoon Leader 4TH Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 16, 24, 73]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Heinz was the commander of a Panzer Mark IV number 711, which arrived at the crossroads where he saw the American POWs standing with their hands raised in a field. Heinz is quoted as receiving an order and then firing a belt of some 20 to 30 rounds with the tank's top mounted hatch MG-42 machinegun.}

49 - Rolf REISER, Untersturmfuehrer (2ND Lt.) Adjutant 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 55]

10 Years Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison. {Rolf’s middle name is Roland.}

50 - Wolfgang RICHTER, Grenadier (Pvt.) Rifleman 1ST Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 37]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

51 - Max RIEDER, Strummann (Pfc.) Asst. Rifleman 9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 27]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{There is an obvious error in the indictment dossier, in that the 9TH Panzer Pioneer Company was not a unit beneath the 1ST SS Panzer Regiment, but a subordinate unit to the 1ST Pioneer Battalion of the LSSAH. As we have seen, this same error occurred in other indictments.}

52 - Rolf RITZER, Strummann (Pfc.) Machine Gunner 3RD Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 42 - two counts]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{The duplication of charge "42" is probably in error and the actual second Charge that occurred in Stoumont was most likely the next day, and would have been Charge "46" on the 20TH of December.}

53 - Axel RODENBURG, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) SPW Driver 2ND Pl., 12TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 57]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Alex was convicted for shooting a single American POW at La Gleize, Belgium.}

54 - Erich RUMPF, Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Company Commander 9TH Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 13, 19, 24, 28, 52, 72]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{There is an obvious error in the indictment dossier, in that the 9TH Panzer Pioneer Company was not a unit beneath the 1ST SS Panzer Regiment, but a subordinate unit to the 1ST Pioneer Battalion of the LSSAH. This same error occurred in other indictments.}

55 - Willi SCHAEFER, Oberscharfuehrer (S/Sgt.) Company Troop Leader Hq. Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 40, 46, 53, 57]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{As a Company Troop Leader, among other crimes, he was accused of ordering the execution of two American POWs that had been apprehended while aiding a wounded German soldier.}

56 - Rudolf SCHWAMBACH, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) SPW Commander1ST Pl., 12TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 57]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Rudolf was part of the KWK Platoon that had vehicle mounted guns, was convicted for shooting American POWs at La Gleize.}

57 - Kurt SICKEL, Sturbannfuehrer (Major) Regimental Surgeon and Hqs. Company Commander 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 61]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

58 - Oswald SIEGMUND, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Motor Mechanic 2ND Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 50, 53, 57, 59]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Although Oswald freely admitted to the killings of some 7 to 8 American POWs at La Gleize on multiple occasions, he attempted to mitigate his actions by stating that he would never have shot any POW had he not been instigated to do so.}

59 - Franz SIEVERS, Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Company Commander 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 14, 40, 42, 70]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{One of the photographs is missing on this SS Trooper’s dossier charge sheet, the waist-up portrait shot.}

60 - Hans SIPTROTT, Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Platoon Leader 3RD Pl., 7TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 18, 19, 73]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Charges 18 and 19 are partially reconstructed from residual text. Enough text remained that it was easy to discern.}

61 - Gustav SPRENGER, Strummann (Pfc.) SPW Driver 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24, 42]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{One of the photographs is missing on this SS Trooper’s dossier charge sheet, the full-length portrait shot.}

62 - Werner STERNEBECK, Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Company Commander 6TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 47]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{The original indictment dossier states that both Werner and the accused #29, Benoni JUNCKER are the commanders of this identical company. Unless there was a co-command or a change in command, then one of those charge statements is in error.}

63 - Heinz STICKEL, Strummann (Pfc.) Machine Gunner 2ND Pl., 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH

[Charges: 24]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Note Heer Stickel sports a perfectly adorable era Hitler moustache and hair part! Looks tough!}

64 - Herbert STOCK,

[Charges: Unknown]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Herbert's charge sheet is one of the five missing pages from this dossier, but there is some information from the web available: "Strummann (Pfc.) Tank Commander - 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH. Herbert killed an American POW in La Gleize on the 18TH of December in 1944 while shooting from his armored SPW vehicle with a single bullet to the American's head." This would have been Charge 37.}

65 - Erwin SZYPERSKI, Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Tank Driver 3RD Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 41, 42]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Primarily charged with killing an American POW in Stoumont with a burst from his MP-40.}

66 - Edmund TOMCZAK, Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Replacement 4TH Pl., 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 42]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

67 - Heinz TOMHARDT, Obersturmfuehrer (1ST Lt.) Company Commander 11TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 11, 72]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

68 - August TONK, Hauptscharfuehrer (M/Sgt.) Tank Commander 2ND Pl., 6TH Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 38]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

69 - Hans TRETTIN, Strummann (Pfc.) Loader 2ND Pl., 1ST Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 49]

Life Imprisonment: Sentence vacated and the accused released from prison.

70 - Johann WASENBERGER,

[Charges: Unknown]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Johann’s charge sheet is one of the five missing pages from this dossier. From the web, Johann was in the 3RD Pz. Pioneer Co., 1ST Pioneer Bn., LSSAH. Johann was also a member of an SPW crew and was indicted for having fired at American POWs that had already been wounded in a mass shooting by others on the 17th of December in 1944, at the crossroads south of Malmedy, Belgium. Having fired upon several wounded POWs in what Johann described as, "Mercy killings" the indictment then would have given rise to Charge 24.}

71 - Guenther WEIS,

[Charges: Unknown]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Guenther's charge sheet is one of the five missing pages from this dossier, but there is some information from the web available: Strummann (Pfc.) Gunner - 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH. Guenther was a gunner in an artillery battery and confessed to killing an American POW in La Gleize. It could therefore have been either or several of the following charges 37, 45, 50, 53, 57 or 59.}

72 - Erich WERNER, Rottenfuehrer (Cpl.) Tank Driver 2ND Pl., 2ND Pz. Co., 1ST Bn., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charges: 42, 57]

Life Imprisonment: Eventually commuted to 15 years, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Erich admitted to executing some 50 American POWs in both Stoumont and La Gleize.}

73 - Otto WICKMANN, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) Tool-Weapon Sgt. Hqs. Co., 1ST SS Pz. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 62]

10 Years Imprisonment

74 - Paul ZWIGART, Unterscharfuehrer (Sgt.) SPW Driver 9TH Pz. Gr. Co., 3RD Bn., 2ND Pz. Gr. Regt., LSSAH

[Charge: 34]

Death Sentence: Eventually commuted to Life Imprisonment, then vacated and the accused released from prison.

{Admitted to murdering an American POW with a 10 to 15 round burst of sub-machinegun fire to the head at close range.}



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