The Peiper Breakthrough

Peter Schrijvers

in The Unknown Dead

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123523
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134826 | DOI:
The Peiper Breakthrough

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This chapter focuses the success of one combat group of the Sixth Panzer Army in penetrating deep behind the American lines on December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. This group was headed by Joachim Peiper who was assigned “the decisive role in the offensive”. This chapter discusses Peiper's strategy and describes the highlights of his offensive. It also highlights the huge number of civilian casualties in the so-called Malmedy massacre in Belgium.

Keywords: Joachim Peiper; Battle of the Bulge; Sixth Panzer Army; civilian casualties; Malmedy massacre; Belgium

Chapter.  15527 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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