Surrender Invites Death

Unidentified Waffen-SS POW
Unidentified Waffen-SS POW
Youthful members of Waffen-SS captured on the outskirts of Caen by the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division on June 1944. In many cases members of the Waffen-SS, whose courage and chivalry had often been acknowledged even by their military opponents, were brutally beaten and murdered after they surrendered their arms to Allied forces. Surrender by individuals or small groups was not nearly as common in the Waffen-SS as in the regular Wehrmacht. Individual SS-Grenadiers surrendered in some numbers early in the Normandy invasion, but this became less common as fear of mistreatment became widespread. Images: Public domain.

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