12th SS and Canadians

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12th SS and Canadians

Post by Wolffen » 20 Jan 2003 16:54

Got this off this site
http://www.forces70.freeserve.co.uk/Waf ... 2%20ss.htm

Why did Canadians hate and lieked to kill 17 or younger boys ?

Guess this would be a war crime killing boys.

Anyone knows more about it



The 12th SS Kampfgruppe Krause fought with such ferocity that the upper jaws of the pocket were held open allowing several divisions to escape annihilation. This was quite a remarkable achievement as the kampfgruppe only contained 200 men, yet they managed to hold off a vastly superior Canadian force which was supported by an aurmoured squadron. This heroic action resulted in 240,000 German troops escaping from the pocket, although all their tanks were destroyed and they left behind some 50,000 dead and 200,000 prisoners. There were only a few survivors from this engagement who then retreated to the Seine River with the rest of the survivors from the other German divisions. There were atrocities committed by both sides during the confrontations and shootings of Prisoners was not uncommon. The Canadians especially had a deep hatered for the young men of the 12th SS and there sometimes developed a situation quite similar to the Eastern Front where no quarter was given or expected by POWs from both sides.

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Post by David Thompson » 20 Jan 2003 17:25

Wolffen -- There's more on this subject in the thread "'Other War Crimes': No Prisoners:"

http://www.thirdreichforum.com/phpBB2/v ... hp?t=14359

and at:

http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/WCC/meyer.htm

There is also an excellent discussion of the problem in Craig Luther's "Blood and Honor: The Story of the 12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitler Youth' 1943-1945," R. James Bender Publishing, San Jose: 1987, pp. 181-94.

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