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The source for this is Daniel Laurent's article about Charlemagne Division on Axis history. http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=881sid guttridge wrote:Hi HvM.,
What was your source?
In the first days May 1945, 12 French Waffen SS surrendered without trying to fight to the US American army. They were from the regiment "Hersche", tired or injured, they were not anymore able to fight however. With other German prisoners, they were held in a barracks at Bad Reichenhall (former barracks of mountain troops). On May 6 1945, the 2nd French armoured Division of Leclerc occupies the city. The French SS tried to escape by fear of reprisals. They finally are captured in a small forest, encircled by two French companies. General Leclerc will question them. Asked about their German uniforms, they replied: “And you, you have an American uniform!” Judging their attitude insolent, the General decides to execute them.
The execution will take place, on May 9 1945 near Karlstein, in a place called Kugbach or Kugelbach. Being told that they would have to be executed in the back, they refuse. It is a rather terrified and in disagreement with the order Lieutenant that must command the execution. The Waffen SS French fell by groups of four, one after the other, shouting "Vive la France”. The bodies were left on the spot in accordance with the orders. They finally will be buried, three days after, by American military officers, with names mentioned on the crosses.
December 6 1948, an investigation is opened after the request of the family of a shot one.
June 2 1949, the bodies of the SS will be transferred in the community cemetery of Sankt Zeno, at Bad Reichenhall. The common grave is located in the "Gruppe 11, reihe 3, nr 81 and 82".
Few stories circulate about a 13th Waffen SS, who was the son of a French General, friend of Leclerc, and who have been spared the execution and sent back to his father. But this is not confirmed.
Hello Daniel, we all know that Robert Forbes has released a revamped version of his classic "For Europe: French Volunteers of the W-SS". A review that I read of it mentions a whole chapter on this execution of the French W-SS men at Bad Reichenall. Do you know if Forbes' book contains this new info that you have? Did you work with him or contact him about this new stuff?There were only 11 W-SS. The 12th one was a LVF not a Waffen-SS. Leutnant Briffault, wounded in June 44 in Russia and was discharged. He didn't went back to France but was serving as a guard at the HQ of the PPF, a French Collaborationist Parti that retreated with the Germans and was at the Meinau Island, Constanz lake, still with his LVF uniform.
http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1 ... 28-3499528The French Waffen-SS in NW Europe 1944-45, including a new and detailed study of the events surrounding the murder of 12 French volunteers of the Waffen-SS at Bad Reichenhall with information provided by a relative of one of those murdered
Well, no, I am not in contact with Mr. Forbes.Rand wrote:Hello Daniel, we all know that Robert Forbes has released a revamped version of his classic "For Europe: French Volunteers of the W-SS". A review that I read of it mentions a whole chapter on this execution of the French W-SS men at Bad Reichenall. Do you know if Forbes' book contains this new info that you have? Did you work with him or contact him about this new stuff?