Conduct Unbecoming

Conduct Unbecoming

The Story of the Murder of Canadian Prisoners of War in Normandy

Book - 1998
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On the afternoon of 7 June 1944, Lorne Brown, a private serving with the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division in Normandy, was bayoneted to death while trying to surrender to troops of Nazi Germany's Tlite 12th SS Division 'Hitler Youth.' Over the next ten days, more than a hundred and fifty Canadian soldiers were brutally murdered after capture by the 12th SS. Despite months of post-war investigation by Allied courts, however, only two senior officers of the 12th SS were ever tried for war crimes.

Drawing extensively on archival sources, Howard Margolian reveals the full account of an atrocious chapter in history and exposes the causes - an inept and indifferent Canadian military justice system, and a Canadian government all too willing to let bygones be bygones - of the flagrant inaction that followed. Highly praised for both its meticulous research and its engaging passion, this book will resonate with veterans, those interested in war crimes, military buffs, and historians.

Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780802042132
0802042139
Branch Call Number: 940/.54/72/Mar 359401 1
Characteristics: xiv, 279 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm

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Slavomir Nov 30, 2010

A very interesting read about the fate of Canadian soldiers captured by the SS Hitler Youth in Normandy following the D-Day invasion in 1944. Equally illuminating is the portrayal of bureaucratic bungling by Canadian and Allied powers in bringing German perpetrators to justice (although there were some stellar efforts by Canadian prosecutors and researchers).

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