099 – Remembrance Day 2019: Ardenne Abbey Massacre

Episode 99 – Only days after the D-Day invasion 18 Canadians were taken as prisoners of war by the fanatical nazis in the 12 SS Panzer Division. The were led back to Abbaye d’Aredene in Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, France, a complex of structures that have stood since 1766. Over two days, June 7 and 8, 1944, 18 Canadian POW’s, belonging to the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and the Sherbrooke Fusiliers  were murdered by men reporting to Waffen-SS Brigadeführer Kurt “Panzer” Meyer, who was later charged and convicted of war crimes for his hand in these and other murders of Canadian POWs at the hands of his troops.

Sources:
[Ardenne Abbey massacre – Wikipedia]
[Abbaye d’Ardenne – Veterans Affairs Canada]
[12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend – Wikipedia]
[(PDF) Kurt Meyer on Trial: A Documentary Record]
[D-Day veteran’s harrowing tale of advancing deep behind Nazi lines – YouTube]
[WarHistoryOnline  – The Ardenne Abbey Massacre]
[The 1942 Dieppe Raid – Veterans Affairs Canada]
[WarMuseum.ca  – A Chronology of Canadian Military History – Canada at D-Day, 1944]
[Grenadiers: The Story of Waffen SS General Kurt “Panzer” Meyer]
[The 12th SS by Hubert Meyer]
[World War II: 12th SS Hitlerjugend Panzer Division Fought in Normandy]
[Guerres et violences à l’abbaye d’Ardenne]