|SS-Standartenführer Kurt Meyer|
ϟϟ-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Meyer – the Abbaye Ardenne Case, Canadian Military Court 10-28 December 1945
Later Canadian troops found themselves accused of having killed captured German soldiers on the June 1944 invasion of Normandy. It was claimed that forces of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division were ordered to take no German prisoners of war during the Normandy campaign, but this for a variety of reasons were not investigated by the Allied powers after WWII, or they were investigated and a decision was taken not to prosecute. On June 7 1944 notes were found by Waffen-SS Grenadiers on captured Canadian prisoners saying German soldiers who had surrendered during the campaign would be shot, information later confirmed by Canadian infantry under interrogation; that prisoners were ordered not to be taken if they hindered operations. Hubert Meyer also confirmed this story; he stated that on June 8 1944 a Canadian notebook was found that contained orders to not take prisoners if they impeded the attacking force. Image: Kurt Meyer standing among his fellow Waffen-SS officers. Commons: Bundesarchiv.
Labels: C:VI Knights in Normandy 1944