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Author Margolian, Howard.

Title Conduct unbecoming : the story of the murder of Canadian prisoners of war in Normandy / Howard Margolian.

Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.5472 MARG    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 279 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 190-268) and index.
Contents 1. The Perpetrators -- 2. The Victims -- 3. Deployment for Battle -- 4. The Battle of Authie -- 5. The Milius Murders -- 6. The Meyer Murders -- 7. The Battle of Putot-en-Bessin -- 8. The Bremer Murders -- 9. The Mohnke Murders -- 10. The Murders at Bretteville and Norrey -- 11. The Murders at Le Mesnil-Patry -- 12. An End to the Killing? -- 13. Indictment -- 14. The Twisted Road to Justice -- 15. The Case against Kurt Meyer -- 16. Reckoning: The Trial of Kurt Meyer -- 17. The Ones Who Got Away.
Summary Between June 7th and 17th, 1944, more than 150 Canadian soldiers were murdered after capture by troops of Nazi Germany's elite 12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitler Youth.' For the first time in a half-century, the full story of this sad chapter in Canadian history is told in gripping and moving detail.
In the aftermath of the German retreat from Normandy, grim evidence of the fate of Canadian prisoners was uncovered. However, despite years of work by Allied and Canadian military investigators, only two senior officers of the 12th SS were ever tried for war crimes, while the remainder were allowed to return to Germany. In its explosive final chapters, Conduct Unbecoming reveals the causes of this flagrant inaction - an inept and indifferent Canadian military justice system, and a Canadian government all too willing to let bygones be bygones. A cautionary tale, Conduct Unbecoming will resonate with veterans, serving members of the armed forces, military historians, and students of history.
Subject Waffen-SS. SS-Panzerdivision "Hitlerjugend," 12.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Perisoners and prisons, German.
Prisoners of war -- Canada.
Prisoners of war -- Germany.
Prisoners of war -- France -- Normandy.
Normandy (France) -- History, Military.
ISBN 0802042139 (bound)