Chenogne massacre

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The Chenogne massacre was a mass killing of an estimated 80 German prisoners of war committed by members of the 11th Armored Division, an American combat unit, near Chenogne, Belgium, on January 1, 1945, shortly after the Malmedy massacre. The events were covered up at the time and none of the perpetrators were ever punished.

Postwar historians believe the killings were based on senior commanders giving verbal orders that "no prisoners were to be taken". The killing of SS prisoners had become routine at the time for some units. The 90th Infantry Division at the Saar "executed Waffen-SS prisoners in such a systematic manner late in December 1944 that headquarters had to issue express orders to take Waffen-SS soldiers alive so as to be able to obtain information from them".

In July 2018, KQED-FM radio aired an episode of Reveal series called "Take No Prisoners: Inside a WWII American War Crime" in which Chris Harland-Dunaway investigated the Chenogne massacre. According to his sources, US soldiers shot about 80 German soldiers after they had surrendered (roughly one for each killed in the Malmedy massacre). Harland-Dunaway refers to General George S. Patton's diary in which the latter confirms that the Americans "...also murdered 50 odd German med [sic]. I hope we can conceal this".

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