Mostly it consisted of blaming Italian communists for manufacturing false accusations and insisting that the destruction of the village was due to a fierce battle with partisans. [99] On 1 May, as LSSAH was forced into Austria, Peiper's men were informed of Hitler's death. [46] It fought at Mariupol and Rostov-on-Don. [42], The reports of the Kommandostab units were received daily, and it was Peiper's role to present them to Himmler every morning. There was little or no doubt that some of the accused were indeed guilty of the massacre. He was probably encouraged by the right-wing judge, LeRoy van Roden, who saw the trials as a Jewish effort to take revenge on the Germans, and who had also served on the investigating commissions. [108] Some men freely gave the requested information, while others only did so after having been allegedly subject to various forms of torture such as beatings, threats and mock executions. He did not deny having had close contact with Himmler, but he managed to avoid being directly implicated in Nazi crimes by claiming memory failure. Panther number 225, commanded by SS Rottenfuhrer Franz Prahm, was the first tank in the column. By December 19, the surprise of the German assault had worn off. [124], On 30 December 1960, Peiper filed a suit against Porsche. [76], Peiper's wife Sigurd (1912–1979) is buried alongside Peiper in Schondorf, Bavaria, Germany. This bypass forced him towards the Baugnez crossroads near Malmedy. German wounded and American prisoners were also left behind. [16] Peiper worked in Himmler's anteroom in the SS Main Office on Prinz-Albrecht-Straße in Berlin. Launched in December 1944, the Battle of the Bulge was the last gamble of a German army trying to hold back the Allied advance, and Hitler’s final attempt at a Blitzkriegattack that had once brought him such success. [109] The accusations were mainly based on the sworn and written statements provided by the defendants in Schwäbisch Hall. HIAG's official periodical, Der Freiwillige, capitalized on the award and wrote that Peiper had been "unfairly sentenced" for war crimes. It was built as a refuge for the elderly, orphans and the infirm. Headlong attacks without proper reconnaissance lead to heavy losses in men and materiel. In Honsfeld, Peiper's men murdered several American prisoners. On 17 December at Malmedy, Peiper's unit was advancing aggressively and still hoped to reach its objective, whereas by 21 December the unit found itself nearly cut off at La Gleize and out of fuel, having suffered over 80% casualties. Without encountering resistance, the Kampfgruppe moved southward from La Gleize via La Gleize railway station, crossed the Amblève valley over a small bridge, and in a long, drawn-out column reached the wooded area west of Trois Ponts under most difficult conditions.” The photo of Peiper also appeared on the Facebook page for the United States Army’s 10th Mountain Division commemorating the anniversary of the battle.[140][141][142]. Yet despite the lack of losses, the American Shermans began to withdraw due to the heavy German tank fire. Peiper and his men had run into blown bridge after blown bridge, and roadblock after roadblock, all of which were beginning to show on the ammunition, and more importantly, fuel supplies of the Kampfgruppe. Peiper complained that the road assigned to his Kampfgruppe was suitable for bicycles, but not for tanks. [39] The recently created body supervised Waffen-SS formations set up for Himmler's racial and ideological war. From September 1944 forward, he was in a military hospital in Upper Bavaria, not far from his family. )[55], On 6 May 1943, Peiper was awarded the German Cross in Gold for his achievements in February 1943 around Kharkov, where his unit gained the nickname the "Blowtorch Battalion". The German economic recovery did not allow SS men to hide, and holding a high position in society could raise questions that people like Peiper preferred to avoid. The terrain around Stoumont was perfect for Peiper’s tanks to move about. [38], In July, Peiper and Himmler were in Białystok where they reviewed the progress achieved by the Order Police battalions and met again with Bach-Zalewski. The National WWII Museum Digital Collections. Shots were traded back and forth but astonishingly no tanks were knocked out by either side. Having gone to the front with 19,618 men, the LSSAH lost 25% of its men and all of its tanks. After this, Peiper and his unit were called in to free the German soldiers and took up positions in Boves, controlling access to the town. [7] In October 1933, Peiper volunteered for the SS and joined the Cavalry SS. 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[131], In December 1964, Simon Wiesenthal made a highly damaging accusation that Peiper's unit arrested Jews in Borgo San Dalmazzo. Because the Battle of the Bulge was viewed as "decisive" by the American public, Peiper, a relatively insignificant combat leader, became a sort of legendary figure "deciding the fate of the German Reich, only to turn back due to lack of gasoline! On 17 December 1944 the German fighting unit (Kampfgruppe) Peiper killed 84 American prisoners of war at the crossroads of Baugnez near Malmédy. [97] In January 1945, the Swords were added to his Knight's Cross. Peiper nearly became a folk hero in 1950s West Germany, with multiple groups working on his release from prison. As they did, the Panthers continued their advance on the flanks of town while at the same time the German paratroopers and Panzergrenadiers pushed through the center of the town clearing house after house. 1, III.(gep)/SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. The local church community at Schondorf became aware that a Nazi war criminal was buried at their cemetery in 2013 after receiving a letter from Boves. [108] On 16 April 1946, approximately 300 prisoners were moved from Schwäbisch Hall to Dachau, where they were put on trial. [53] (The testimony was obtained in November 1944 by the Western Allies. During the transition time, Peiper likely served as Himmler's observer to LSSAH. Seth Paridon was a staff historian at The National WWII Museum for 15 years beginning in 2005. One of the Battle Groups of the 1st SS Panzer Division was Kampfgruppe Peiper. [118], The popular Wehrmacht ex-general Heinz Guderian actively campaigned for Peiper. The Panthers stopped, buttoned up and held firm along the road with their accompanying infantry already in the outlying buildings of Stoumont. Smelser and Davies conclude: "Here in the flesh was the perfect mythical man – both a tragic and heroic figure. ", wrote historian Jens Westemeier. [33] On 7 September, Himmler addressed the LSSAH leaders to thank them for the help in expelling Jews from Alsace in eastern France. [37] When the invasion began on 22 June 1941, Himmler transferred his headquarters to a special train and embarked on a tour of newly conquered territories with Peiper and other staff. The battle group paused for the night, allowing Americans to reorganize. For one thing, the module itself was split in two (Kampfgruppe Peiper II was released subsequently), which was frustrating for many ASLers. [98], On 4 February, Peiper met for the last time with Himmler at his provisional headquarters. To counter the evidence given in the men's sworn statements and by prosecution witnesses, the lead defence attorney, Lt. As for Peiper and his men, on the night of the 18th and into the early hours of the 19th, his Kampfgruppe paused just outside the small town of Stoumont. Dollinger was injured in his head and sought shelter in the basement of the Werimont farm when Kampfgruppe Peiper withdrew from la Gleize. A small group, the Boves circle, was formed in the village, to hold prayers on every 19th of the month, the day of the Boves massacre. Under cover of poor winter weather that would ground the Allied air forces they were to punch through weak American positions i 501 and the rest of the elements of Kampfgruppe Peiper took on their drive toward the Meuse can still be followed today. [22], Peiper led a quiet and discreet life; however, he continued to use his name. shootings of civilian population) could be efficiently accomplished. Peiper ran into problems soon after he started on 16 December. Beginning in August, Peiper's battalion was stationed near Cuneo. [3], In 1926, Peiper followed his older brother Horst (born 1912) and joined the Scouting movement, developing an interest in a military career. The survivors were able to reach American lines later that day, and their story spread rapidly throughout the American front lines. Twentyfour years had passed since I first read about MAJ McCown and Peiper – now it was time to put on the hiking boots. An incredibly thick blanket of fog hung low over Stoumont and the Amblève valley on the morning of December 19. He fought in the Third Battle of Kharkov and in the Battle of the Bulge. [138] Within the framework of the Cold War and the McCarthy era, he had emerged as a hero rather than a criminal. Brigadier General Charles “Chuck” Yeager was best known as the first man to break the sound barrier, but during World War II Yeager was a decorated fighter ace. The crossroads of Baugnez where the Malmedy massacre happened is surrounded by a circle. The route followed by Peiper's battle group. [15], Peiper remained with the LSSAH until June 1938[1] when he was appointed an adjutant to Himmler, a step that Himmler considered necessary in the career path of an SS leader with promising potential. [79], Peiper was not in command of his Panzer regiment during Operation Luttich, the failed counter-attacks near Avranches. His unit took part in Operation Spring Awakening, which failed. [131] Nevertheless, the investigation was closed for lack of evidence that Peiper had issued a direct order to kill civilians and burn houses. The firefight was short and fierce with the Sherman’s fire delaying the Panther’s progress. In 2008, my husband and I arrived at the La Gleize museum after a day tracking Kampfgruppe Peiper’s route. info@nationalww2museum.org Peiper's assigned route included narrow, and in many places, single-track roads which forced units of the Kampfgruppe to tail each other, creating a column of infantry and armor up to 25 kilometres (16 mi) long. [108] Investigators quickly found that the SS men, including Peiper, although hardened soldiers, were not trained to withstand interrogation. The commission confirmed the accuracy of Everett's accusations regarding mock trials but neither disputed nor denied his charges of torture of the defendants. Sheet music of the popular song, purchased in 1943, is one little girl’s lifetime link to Technical Sergeant Neal K. Moore. [13] In addition to military training, the courses aimed to instil a proper ideological worldview, with antisemitism being the main tenet. Heavy artillery and small arms fire chased the tank back around the bend in the road as SS Panzergrenadiers streaked into the engagement, only to be driven back by intense small arms fire. [6], When Peiper turned 18, he joined the Hitler Youth with his brother Horst. Seeing enemy Panther tanks in bivouac and hearing multiple voices in German, the defenders of Stoumont knew they had a fight on their hands come morning. After the door was closed, one could see how, in the beginning, the insane still laughed and talked to each other. Peiper fully realized that time was of the essence and issued orders to rush through the village with all possible speed. Panthers of Kampfgruppe Peiper move towards Stoumont under cover of smoke. According to historian Jens Westemeier, it was rumoured that Horst was gay and was forced to commit suicide by others in his unit. What remained of the two companies began to pull back towards the edge of town, as the advancing German tanks fired directly into the houses and buildings along the road to clear out any defenses. Seeing his opportunity to finish off the defenders, Peiper himself ran to his men who were sheltering in a ditch catching their breath, and urged them on. He was apprehended on 22 May by American troops. [22] In 1974, he was identified by a former French Resistance member of the region who issued a report for the French Communist Party. [102] As an unofficial leader of the group, Peiper came to the attention of the commander of the camp,[103] and then of higher command. To the Americans of I and K Companies of the 119th, it became painfully clear that the town could not be held. After the war Peiper tried to deny, or at least obfuscate, his membership in the party, as it was inconsistent with the image that he had constructed for himself as being "merely a soldier". A paltry German artillery barrage announced the beginning of the assault, and within minutes the first German infantry attacked the roadblock at the entrance of Stoumont village. 1) received orders to move out at 15:00 on the 05.12.1943. [122] He assisted the efforts of HIAG to rehabilitate the Waffen-SS by hiding its criminal aspects and exalting its combat achievements, claiming that the SS were just like other soldiers. General George S. Patton, Jr., one of America’s greatest battlefield commanders, died on December 21, 1945 in an Army hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. But even through the fog, American observers on the outskirts of Stoumont could see that a sizable attack was about to commence. [107], Jailed in Freising, Upper Bavaria, Peiper underwent his first interrogations. Peiper complained that the road assigned to his Kampfgruppe was … [105] Crimes during the Battle of the Bulge were attributed to Kampfgruppe Peiper, resulting in American investigative teams searching POW camps for its men. Despite his victory at Stoumont and the seemingly wide-open road ahead, he was now helpless, and he knew it. His personal record in support of the nomination stated that, from 5 to 7 December, Peiper's regiment eliminated several Soviet artillery batteries, destroyed a divisional headquarters, and killed 2,280 "Russians", with only three taken prisoner. [72], Peiper's command style, aggressive and without regard for casualties, reached its limits. Sepp Dietrich’s Sixth SS Panzer Armee was allocated the main effort in Hitler’s last throw of the dice in the West. Unfortunately, Kampfgruppe Peiper has never enjoyed the popularity of its predecessor, Red Barricades. In early May, Himmler, accompanied by Peiper, discussed with Globocnik, the SS and Police Leader in Lublin, the mass murder of the disabled. Its members felt that no death sentence should be carried out where such a doubt existed. However, other defendants, supported by their German lawyers, wanted to testify as well. Peiper was shocked at the amount of fire coming at his advance units. German paratroopers tend to one of Prahm's wounded crewmen as Prahm's Panther burns in the background. The rumors, which were true, of Kampfgruppe Peiper executing American POWs in the previous days made the decision to surrender difficult for those who were unable to extricate themselves from their defensive positions as the Germans rolled past them. Joachim Peiper was born on 30 January 1915 into a middle-class family from the Silesian region of Imperial Germany. [43] The daily briefing included a review of operations; one surviving map shows a "cleansing action" (shooting) by the SS Cavalry Brigade. [40], When Peiper rejoined the LSSAH, it was engaged on the Eastern Front near the Black Sea. Instructors such as Matthias Kleinheisterkamp (an army has-been and alcoholic), or future war criminals, such as Franz Magill of the notorious SS Cavalry Brigade, were of questionable competence. By then, the surprise factor had been lost. The spearhead of the spearhead, so to speak, was a unit that would become synonymous with the Ardennes offensive, Kampfgruppe Peiper. With his fuel situation at a critical level, he ordered his Panthers to retreat back to Stoumont. Peiper committed to sparing the town if the German soldiers were freed. It fought at Mariupol and Rostov-on-Don. He even met with Himmler one-on-one. Most, especially those killed near the cemetery, were of non-military age and were found shot by small arms fire. [83], Peiper's assigned route included narrow, and in many places, single-track roads which forced units of the Kampfgruppe to tail each other, creating a column of infantry and armor up to 25 kilometres (16 mi) long. In 2013 a group of citizens from Boves visited Schondorf and prayed at Peiper's grave. Airstrikes destroyed or heavily damaged numerous German vehicles. The remnants of the unit were taken over by another officer on 22 December. He stressed the so-called difficulty of "carrying out executions", "hauling away people", or "evicting crying and hysterical women". Peiper was immediately transferred to a military intelligence interrogation centre in Freising. There were 24 victims; all were males, with the except for one woman who died of smoke inhalation in her home after it was set on fire by looting SS men. [114] When questioned about the murder of Belgian civilians, Peiper said they were partisans. In 1959, he attended the national meeting of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients. Pressed for time, Peiper ordered his rear-guard units to eliminate the Americans in Stavelot and follow his advance, an order that would eventually seal his fate. Within the 6th Panzer Army, a mobile strike role was assigned to the LSSAH, then under the command of SS-Oberführer Wilhelm Mohnke. [104], Meanwhile, an active investigation into the Malmedy massacre was launched at the end of June 1945 by American war crimes investigators. [34] Following a visit to Francoist Spain to meet its dictator Francisco Franco, Peiper was officially promoted to the position of First Adjutant on 1 November. By moving around the town with the Panthers, the Germans were able to engage the American spotters in the church steeple, and engage and destroy the 90mm that had knocked out Prahm’s tank earlier. Peiper was noted for his fighting spirit, although his unit suffered high casualties as a consequence of his aggressive tactics. [89], Moving ahead, Peiper crossed Ligneuville and reached the heights of Stavelot on the left bank of the Amblève River at nightfall of the second day of the operation. Radio reports from outposts counted 15 German tanks and hundreds of infantrymen forming up on the road outside Stoumont. The previous night, the infantrymen of the 119th had been reinforced with towed tank destroyers as well as three 57mm anti-tank guns and two 90mm anti-aircraft weapons that were deployed as anti-tank weapons. His father, Waldemar Peiper, served in the Imperial German Army and fought in the colonial campaigns in German East Africa. In the initial days of the offensive, Kampfgruppe Peiper rolled through the Ardennes like a slow-moving train. "[60] During this period, Nazi propaganda praised Peiper as an outstanding leader. The commission was interested in the Malmedy massacre trial and in other cases judged at Dachau. [10], From January 1935 onward, Peiper was on the SS payroll and was sent to attend a leadership course of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH, Hitler's personal bodyguard unit). One of them included Senator Joseph McCarthy, who prepared to launch his sensationalist career. [52] During the Third Battle of Kharkov, the battalion became known for an audacious rescue of the encircled 320th Infantry Division. At the moment I'm negotiating with General Handy [Heidelberg] because [he] wants to hang the unfortunate Peiper. One wounded crewman, either Prahm or the driver of the Panther who lost his leg, rolled down the back of the tank and crawled into a garden along the road, where he was met by German paratroopers, who attempted to shield him from fire. [66] On 19 September, Italian partisans captured two of Peiper's men in the vicinity of Boves, Piedmont. During the action at the village of Pekartchina, Peiper "attacked with all weapons and flame-throwers from his SPW [armoured fighting vehicle]". The spearhead continued on, without having fully secured Stavelot. No longer were American units fleeing the field of battle in front of their enemy. Receiving encouragement and information from right-wing and antisemitic circles, McCarthy dominated the proceedings and grabbed headlines. 13/2 Panzer Grenadier Battalion Kampfgruppe Peiper was probably the most famous and controversial German formation of the Ardennes battle. [35], In February 1941, Himmler told Peiper about the German plan to invade the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa. Transferred to a combat role, he participated in the Battle of France with the SS Division Totenkopf. On 24 December, Peiper abandoned his vehicles and retreated with the remaining men. [28], In the winter of 1940, Peiper accompanied Himmler on a tour of Nazi concentration camps, including Neuengamme and Sachsenhausen, with a trip to Poland to meet with Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, Higher SS and Police Leader in occupied Poland, and his subordinate Odilo Globocnik. I am proud of you! Now clear of any anti-tank fire from within the town or from the fields beside it, the Panthers rolled. The impact left on the local population is still hurting today. [49] En route to France, Peiper left his unit and met with Himmler at his headquarters on 1 June. [125] Peiper became a car sales trainer for Volkswagen. [24][25] As Peiper later told Ernst Schäfer, Hitler had ordered Himmler to eliminate "Polish intellectuals".[26]. [20] The couple lived in Berlin until the first Allied air raids on the city, when Sigurd was sent to Rottach-Egern, Upper Bavaria, near Himmler's second residence. The route followed by Kampfgruppe Peiper. Ultimately, the sentences of the Malmedy defendants were commuted to life imprisonment and then to time served. Throughout, he maintained frequent, albeit discreet, contact with his SS network, including HIAG, a Waffen-SS lobby group. Colonel Hal D. McCown, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment, to testify about Peiper's troops' treatment of American prisoners at La Gleize. [57] In August 1944, when an SS commander, formerly of LSSAH, was captured south of Falaise in France and interrogated by the Allies, he stated that Peiper was "particularly eager to execute the order to burn villages". More than 60,000 women wed by American servicemen during World War II hoped to leave their old homes behind and rejoin their husbands for a new life in the United States. Without regard for threats from the flanks and only inspired by the thought of a deep breakthrough, the Kampfgruppe proceeded ... to Ligneuville and destroyed at Baugnez an enemy supply column and after annihilation of the units blocking their advance, succeeded in causing the staff of the 49th Anti-Aircraft Brigade to flee. The Americans were closing in on Jochen Peiper. During World War II in Europe he served as personal adjutant to Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, between September 1939 and September/October 1941, and thereafter as a Waffen-SS commander. Himmler was the guest of honour at the wedding and delivered a short toast. It was to pierce the American lines between Aachen and the Schnee Eifel and seize bridges on the Meuse on both sides of Liège. 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