Welcome! This is a Non-Political and a Non-Profit site (to include its authors and contributors) and does not subscribe to any revisionist organizations. This site is only to explore the combat role and history of the European Waffen-SS in World War II. Enlistment rolls show that a total of 950,000 men (German and foreigners) served in its ranks between 1940 and 1945. This blog contains a collection of real events and information on these volunteers for historical research and documentation.
Theft and looting during the Battle of Normandy
Posters Normandie 1944 (Jeanne d'Arc)
The theft andlooting of Normandy households and farmsteads by liberating soldiers began on June 6 1944 and never stopped during the entire summer. One woman - from the town of Colombieres - is quoted saying: They are looting everything and going into houses everywhere on the pretext of looking for Germans. Even more feared, of course, was the crime of rape - and here too the true picture has arguably been expunged from popular memory. The evidence shows that sexual violence against women by Allied servicemen in liberated Normandy was common. Reference: William Hitchcock´s The Bitter Road to Freedom. According to the American Professor and historian Robert Lilly, there were around 3,500 rapes by American servicemen in France between June 1944 and the end of World War II. According to an article in Der Spiegel by Klaus Wiegrefe, many personal memoirs of Allied soldiers have been willfully ignored by historians until now because they were at odds with the "Greatest Generation" mythology surrounding World War II, but this has recently started to change with books such as "The Day of Battle" by American journalist and author Rick Atkinson (winner of the Pulitzer Prize) where he describes Allied war crimes in Italy, and "D-Day: The Battle for Normandy" by British historian Anthony Beevor. References: Spiegel Online 05/04/2010. Credit: Wikipedia. Image: French Poster: Criminals always return to the scene of the crime. Public domain. See Original Poster.