Posted 23 March 2004 - 02:17 PM
In Roscoe Blunt's accounts of his WW2 infantry days, in 'Foot Soldier', he tells about an incident involving a captured SS soldier in the Battle of the Bulge. It starts out when Roscoe is called to interogate/interpret this said SS soldier. The SS soldier tells, smugly, about five or six of his compatriots out in the woods who are hungry and want to surrender. Roscoe leave and goes back to his foxhole. A while later a Sergeant from another platoon comes and gets him, and he is MAD. The Sergeant tells Roscoe the SS scum's story was a lie, and they were led into an ambush with the loss of several Americans. They procede to the POW stockade where Roscoe points out the SS person (I cannot in good concience call him man). The Sergeant proceeds to beat the SS with his Thompson and then drags him out of the enclosure and empties TWO magazines into him. Roscoe states that he had not seen a person that mad. He said he helped in the beating because of the lies that caused his fellow soldiers deaths. I tell you, I could not call that an attrocity, but an act of retribution.
In Donald Burgett's Last book he tells of an incident right after the Germans surrender. While he and some buddies were crossing a foot bridge a SS officer was coming the opposite direction. The officer was in full SS uniform and stops to talk to them. This said officer proceeds to arrogantly tell how great the Germans were, bash the Jews, etc., etc. While he is spouting off all this filth, Burgett and his paratrooper buddies are becoming furious. One of them steps foreward to confront this vile person, who shrinks away like the coward that he was. This trooper proceeds to beat the SS officer unconcious, takes his SS ring and dumps him over the bridge into the swolen, swift moving current. After what they saw in the camps they liberated, and the trash that kraut was talking, I could see myself doing the same thing.