Mr Gregoire walked me outside and pointed to the rocky trail where Peiper and his men slipped out of town. It was the most powerful force in the German order of battle. [35], In February 1941, Himmler told Peiper about the German plan to invade the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa. [52] During the Third Battle of Kharkov, the battalion became known for an audacious rescue of the encircled 320th Infantry Division. It was to pierce the American lines between Aachen and the Schnee Eifel and seize bridges on the Meuse on both sides of Liège. The Museum’s collection contains items from some of these visitors, American service members who wanted to sit in on one of the most significant trials in history. The sentence was commuted, with Peiper serving twelve years in prison. [113] When questioned by the prosecution, Peiper denied these allegations, stating that they were obtained from witnesses under torture. Traveling along roads hardly suitable for cars, let alone Tiger tanks, the kampfgruppe had to cross numerous streams and rivers to reach its objectives. During its combat action, the LSSAH was followed by Einsatzgruppe D, with which the division shared winter quarters. General George S. Patton, Jr., one of America’s greatest battlefield commanders, died on December 21, 1945 in an Army hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. This would soon prove to be a huge mistake, for when the prosecution cross-examined the defendants, they behaved like "a bunch of drowning rats (...) turning on each other. Mohnke explained the entire plan for the forth- coming offensive. Heavy artillery and small arms fire chased the tank back around the bend in the road as SS Panzergrenadiers streaked into the engagement, only to be driven back by intense small arms fire. Peiper was convicted in the Malmedy massacre trial and sentenced to death. They then worked to achieve the conditional release of Peiper himself. 1) received orders to move out at 15:00 on the 05.12.1943. He stressed the so-called difficulty of "carrying out executions", "hauling away people", or "evicting crying and hysterical women". LSSAH glibly reported that "during the fights [with partisans] the villages of Boves and Costellar were burned down. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). German paratroopers take cover from American fire as they attempt to aid a wounded man. [127] The court also concluded that since the testimonies of the former SS men were so consistent, no collusion between them was possible. In the ruins, Peiper's charred corpse was found together with a .22 calibre rifle and a pistol. By then, the surprise factor had been lost. Werner Grothmann, Peiper's successor as Himmler's adjutant, was also under investigation. [138] Within the framework of the Cold War and the McCarthy era, he had emerged as a hero rather than a criminal. Sepp Dietrich, LSSAH's commande… American attacks on Stoumont forced the remnants of the battle group to retreat to La Gleize. [84] Fritz Krämer, chief of staff for the 6th Panzer Army responded, "I don't care how and what you do. [17] By 1939, Peiper was quickly becoming Himmler's closest aide and accompanied him on all official functions and assisted his every move. Transferred to a combat role, Peiper served in the SS Division Leibstandarte on both the Eastern and Western Fronts, commanding first a battalion and then a regiment. What remained of the two companies began to pull back towards the edge of town, as the advancing German tanks fired directly into the houses and buildings along the road to clear out any defenses. His personal record in support of the nomination stated that, from 5 to 7 December, Peiper's regiment eliminated several Soviet artillery batteries, destroyed a divisional headquarters, and killed 2,280 "Russians", with only three taken prisoner. During the 1934 Nuremberg Rally, Peiper was promoted to SS-Sturmmann and attracted the attention of Heinrich Himmler. [64] After the failure of the operation, the LSSAH was withdrawn from the Eastern Front and transferred to Northern Italy. [51] Peiper continued to maintain a close relationship with Himmler, attending functions with high-ranking SS leaders. [78] As with the other German units in the area, they fought a defensive battle until the German front began to collapse following Allied Operation Cobra. The first round hit near the left sprocket, the second sheared the 75mm barrel off of the Panther, and the third penetrated the armor where it exploded, wounding most of the crew and forcing the tankers to bail out of the now burning vehicle. He was apprehended on 22 May by American troops. [24][25] As Peiper later told Ernst Schäfer, Hitler had ordered Himmler to eliminate "Polish intellectuals".[26]. The German economic recovery did not allow SS men to hide, and holding a high position in society could raise questions that people like Peiper preferred to avoid. 1, reinforced SS-Pz.Aufl.Abt. [51], Meanwhile, on the Eastern Front, the German situation had seriously worsened, especially in the Battle of Stalingrad. shootings of civilian population) could be efficiently accomplished. "[70], Beginning in November 1943, Peiper's unit arrived on the Eastern Front, where it took part in combat in the area of Zhytomyr. The National WWII Museum Digital Collections. info@nationalww2museum.org After the door was closed, one could see how, in the beginning, the insane still laughed and talked to each other. [124], On 30 December 1960, Peiper filed a suit against Porsche. The National WWII Museum Digital Collections. He was mentioned in the proceedings against Karl Wolff, Himmler's senior adjutant, which began in early 1962 and concluded in 1964 with a fifteen-year sentence. [66] On 19 September, Italian partisans captured two of Peiper's men in the vicinity of Boves, Piedmont. Peiper was accused of committing the Boves massacre in Italy; the investigation was closed due to insufficient evidence that he issued the order to kill civilians directly. [128], In 1964, Peiper learned that the village of Boves had installed a memorial naming his command as perpetrators of the Boves massacre. The damaged Panther retrieved the wounded crewmen from the first tank and reversed course. [116], The turmoil raised by this case caused the Secretary of the Army, Kenneth Royall, to create a commission chaired by Judge Gordon A. Simpson of Texas to investigate. Peiper also received the 501st Heavy Panzer Battalion with the new 70 ton Tiger II (King Tigers). [121] Peiper was often seen at the funerals of personalities such as Dietrich, Kurt Meyer, and Paul Hausser. Peiper’s attack had stalled. An injury to a unit commander soon gave him an opportunity to take command of the 11th Company. Peiper complained that the road assigned to his Kampfgruppe was … [81] The result was Operation Wacht am Rhein (Battle of the Bulge). When the Germans launched their last major offensive on the western front, Unternehmen: Wacht am Rhein, the heaviest portion of their initial assault force lay in the northern sector of the offensive. At least seventeen were murdered in cold blood, rather than in a battle. In July 1942, Peiper again met with Himmler and did not rejoin his unit until August 1942. Peiper's assigned route included narrow, and in many places, single-track roads which forced units of the Kampfgruppe to tail each other, creating a column of infantry and armor up to 25 kilometres (16 mi) long. [36], From 11 to 15 June, Peiper was present for the SS conference where Himmler spoke of the plans to eliminate 30 million Slavic people. The village was burned to the ground and "completely destroyed". Peiper attended from 24 April 1935 to 30 March 1936 and was then posted to the LSSAH. After his release from prison, Peiper worked for both Porsche and Volkswagen before moving to France, where he worked as a freelance translator. [107], Jailed in Freising, Upper Bavaria, Peiper underwent his first interrogations. [135], During the early morning hours of 14 July 1976 (Bastille Day), Peiper's home was attacked and set on fire. He was probably encouraged by the right-wing judge, LeRoy van Roden, who saw the trials as a Jewish effort to take revenge on the Germans, and who had also served on the investigating commissions. [94] According to Peiper, 717 men returned to the German lines out of 3,000 at the beginning of the operation. After the town was cleared of resistance, Peiper’s men paused, took stock of the situation, looted American gear, and then resumed their advance, this time out of town towards Stoumont’s small train station only a few kilometers down the road. The crossroads of Baugnez where the Malmedy massacre occurred is marked by a black circle. It fought at Mariupol and Rostov-on-Don. The battle group paused for the night, allowing Americans to reorganize. On 24 December, Peiper abandoned his vehicles and retreated with the remaining men. But, soon they sat down on the straw, obviously under the influence of the gas. He asserted that the Nuremberg trial and the Malmedy massacre trial were merely propaganda. The body was charred beyond recognition. [76], Peiper's wife Sigurd (1912–1979) is buried alongside Peiper in Schondorf, Bavaria, Germany. After his tanks had been beaten back at the station, he received word that his rear-guard units had failed to finish the job in Stavelot. [99] On 1 May, as LSSAH was forced into Austria, Peiper's men were informed of Hitler's death. Sepp Dietrich’s Sixth SS Panzer Armee was allocated the main effort in Hitler’s last throw of the dice in the West. Peiper was soon appointed commander of the 1st SS Panzer Regiment after its previous leader had been killed in action, yet he had no experience leading tanks. Peiper also learned about Globocnik's work on the Lublin Reservation. [76], As the Allied Operation Overlord began, LSSAH was moved closer to the Channel Coast in anticipation of the "real" invasion at Pas de Calais. 1, 5./SS-Flak-Abt. [28], In the winter of 1940, Peiper accompanied Himmler on a tour of Nazi concentration camps, including Neuengamme and Sachsenhausen, with a trip to Poland to meet with Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, Higher SS and Police Leader in occupied Poland, and his subordinate Odilo Globocnik. If successful in capturing Stoumont and defending Stavelot, Peiper would be able to break out of the Ambleve Valley, acquire American fuel, and continue his drive to the Meuse with wide open roads ahead. [6], When Peiper turned 18, he joined the Hitler Youth with his brother Horst. [43] The daily briefing included a review of operations; one surviving map shows a "cleansing action" (shooting) by the SS Cavalry Brigade. At that time he was a self-employed translator for the publisher Stuttgarter Motor-Buch Verlag. Believing the route open, only to be repulsed with heavier fire than he had experienced in Stoumont, Peiper instructed his men to hold firm and wait for orders. Himmler informed him about the arrival of the units of the Kommandostab Reichsführer-SS (Himmler's Command Staff), half of whom would assist Bach-Zalewski in his area of command. Under the pen name of "Rainer Buschmann", he translated books devoted to military history from English to German. When asked about the plight of Poles and Jews, Peiper reportedly responded: "All the Jews are bad and all Poles are bad. [18], In 1938, Peiper met and began courting Sigurd Hinrichsen, a secretary on Himmler's personal staff who was friends with both Lina Heydrich, wife of Reinhard Heydrich, and Himmler's secretary Hedwig Potthast, later to be Himmler's mistress. He could not have been more incorrect. The paper emphasized that he was "a born leader, one filled with the highest sense of responsibility for the life of every single one of his men, but who [was] also able to be hard if necessary". [111] It was noted by the prosecution that by the time McCown was captured on 21 December, Peiper was aware that his tactical situation had deteriorated substantially and that he and his men were in danger of becoming POWs themselves. His father, Waldemar Peiper, served in the Imperial German Army and fought in the colonial campaigns in German East Africa. [141], Operations in Italy and the Boves massacre, Malmedy massacre Investigation – Report of the Subcommittee of Committee on armed services – United States Senate –Eighty-first Congress, first session, pursuant to S. res. [40] For example, the 30 July report from Gustav Lombard's SS cavalry regiment announced that 800 Jews including women and children had been shot. [120], Following his release from Landsberg Prison, Peiper was careful not to associate too closely with former Waffen-SS men or HIAG, at least publicly. Just make it to the Meuse. Travelling with HIAG's official historian Walter Harzer, he reunited with Sepp Dietrich and Heinz Lammerding at the closed-door meeting. [9] For Himmler, Peiper was likely the embodiment of the SS concept of the "Aryan race"; although not as tall and muscular as other SS recruits, Peiper made up for this with handsome features and self-confidence. The following months were devoted to the preparation of the SS for this invasion. In 2008, my husband and I arrived at the La Gleize museum after a day tracking Kampfgruppe Peiper’s route. The commission confirmed the accuracy of Everett's accusations regarding mock trials but neither disputed nor denied his charges of torture of the defendants. This item: Kampfgruppe Peiper by Battlefield History TV Ltd DVD $24.95. [58] Peiper wrote to Potthast in March 1943: "Our reputation precedes us as a wave of terror and is one of our best weapons. On 11 August, Lombard reported the total number of shot "looters" (a code word for the Jews) was 6,526. During the action at the village of Pekartchina, Peiper "attacked with all weapons and flame-throwers from his SPW [armoured fighting vehicle]". They were initially concerned that it would become a place of pilgrimage for Nazi sympathizers. In the initial days of the offensive, Kampfgruppe Peiper rolled through the Ardennes like a slow-moving train. )[55], On 6 May 1943, Peiper was awarded the German Cross in Gold for his achievements in February 1943 around Kharkov, where his unit gained the nickname the "Blowtorch Battalion". [48], In May 1942, the LSSAH was transferred to France for rest and refit. The survivors were able to reach American lines later that day, and their story spread rapidly throughout the American front lines. The gravestone also bears the name of his brothers Horst (1912–1941) and Hasso (1910–1942), but it is unclear whether they are buried there. There sat the heaviest and, at least theoretically, the most lethal striking forces of the offensive. In the early morning of 17 December, they captured Honsfeld and much-needed fuel. He was awarded the military cross in 1904, wounded several times and became infected with malaria. Peiper gave the command to the executioners and later had recruits march past the bodies. Joachim Peiper. He was unable to protect his rear, which enabled American troops to cut him off from the only possible supply road for ammunition and fuel at Stavelot. At precisely the same time as Prahm’s Panther was knocked out, four Shermans from the 723rd Tank Battalion arrived and pushed into Stoumont from the opposite direction. HIAG, an organization of former Waffen-SS men, had already helped Peiper's wife find a job near the Landsberg Prison. After the war Peiper tried to deny, or at least obfuscate, his membership in the party, as it was inconsistent with the image that he had constructed for himself as being "merely a soldier". Smelser and Davies conclude: "Here in the flesh was the perfect mythical man – both a tragic and heroic figure. In Honsfeld, Peiper's men murdered several American prisoners. [108] Some men freely gave the requested information, while others only did so after having been allegedly subject to various forms of torture such as beatings, threats and mock executions. One wounded crewman, either Prahm or the driver of the Panther who lost his leg, rolled down the back of the tank and crawled into a garden along the road, where he was met by German paratroopers, who attempted to shield him from fire. In 2013 a group of citizens from Boves visited Schondorf and prayed at Peiper's grave. [124] In court documents, his attorney stated that Peiper was not a war criminal and that the Allies had used the trials to defame the German people. When the battle was lost, Peiper left 135 armoured vehicles in the vicinity of la Gleize, including the Tiger 213 by Obersturmführer Dollinger, who now stands in front of the museum. The SS Colonel assessed his situation and quickly realized he was in dire straits. [127] The charges included statements from two former Italian partisans who recognized Peiper from a book on the Battle of the Bulge and a photograph of Peiper taken as the village burned below his position. Seth Paridon was a staff historian at The National WWII Museum for 15 years beginning in 2005. Panthers of Kampfgruppe Peiper move towards Stoumont under cover of smoke. He became one of Himmler's favourite adjutants; Peiper admired him in return. Because the Battle of the Bulge was viewed as "decisive" by the American public, Peiper, a relatively insignificant combat leader, became a sort of legendary figure "deciding the fate of the German Reich, only to turn back due to lack of gasoline! [133] On 21 June, flyers denouncing Peiper's presence were distributed in Traves. Peiper ordered his men to form a defensive ring around the Stoumont/La Gleize area, and await a breakthrough that would restore his supply lines. [2], The admiration continues to this day. As the first adjutant, Peiper's job included providing Himmler with the murder statistics from the Einsatzgruppen units each morning. [89], Moving ahead, Peiper crossed Ligneuville and reached the heights of Stavelot on the left bank of the Amblève River at nightfall of the second day of the operation. Unfortunately, Kampfgruppe Peiper has never enjoyed the popularity of its predecessor, Red Barricades. During the transition time, Peiper likely served as Himmler's observer to LSSAH. "[139], For some interested in World War II history, Peiper became the embodiment of German fighting spirit and a symbol of Panzer divisions daringly rushing forward. [30] For an audacious attack on 19 June, Peiper, now a company commander, received the Iron Cross 1st class. Sepp Dietrich’s Sixth SS Panzer Armee was allocated the main effort in Hitler’s last throw of the dice in the West. This image then found its adherents in the United States. [129] On 23 June 1964, criminal charges were filed against Peiper by the Central Office of the State Justice Administration for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes in Ludwigsburg having to do with the massacre. [45] He remained in close contact with Himmler as shown by their ongoing correspondence through to the end of the war; Himmler addressed Peiper as "my dear Jochen". At the moment I'm negotiating with General Handy [Heidelberg] because [he] wants to hang the unfortunate Peiper. Peiper went on a long leave with his family in Bavaria. I am proud of you! He wrote to one of his subordinates in 1951:[119]. His first superior was Gustav Lombard, a Nazi zealot, antisemite, and later a regimental commander in the notorious SS Cavalry Brigade that murdered tens of thousands of Jews in the occupied Soviet Union. [132], In 1972, Peiper moved to a small village of Traves, Haute-Saône, France, where he owned property. Headlong attacks without proper reconnaissance lead to heavy losses in men and materiel. The rumors, which were true, of Kampfgruppe Peiper executing American POWs in the previous days made the decision to surrender difficult for those who were unable to extricate themselves from their defensive positions as the Germans rolled past them. [83], Peiper's assigned route included narrow, and in many places, single-track roads which forced units of the Kampfgruppe to tail each other, creating a column of infantry and armor up to 25 kilometres (16 mi) long. We have just cleansed our society and moved these people into camps and you let them loose!" Radio reports from outposts counted 15 German tanks and hundreds of infantrymen forming up on the road outside Stoumont. As for Peiper and his men, on the night of the 18th and into the early hours of the 19th, his Kampfgruppe paused just outside the small town of Stoumont. [46] It fought at Mariupol and Rostov-on-Don. In one, titled "J'ai payé", Peiper stated that he had paid for the Malmedy crime with twelve years in prison and that he was innocent of any crimes committed in Italy. Under cover of poor winter weather that would ground the Allied air forces they were to punch through weak American positions i [68], The parish priest of Boves, don Giuseppe Bernardi, and local industrialist Alessandro Vassallo, who had acted as negotiators between Peiper and the Italian soldiers and partisans, successfully secured the release of the prisoners and the return of the body of the killed SS trooper. Himmler was the guest of honour at the wedding and delivered a short toast. "[122], On 17 January 1957, Peiper began work at Porsche in Stuttgart in its technical division. His unit took part in Operation Spring Awakening, which failed. They noted Peiper's egocentricity, negative attitude, and attempts to impress the evaluators with his connection to Himmler. The Borgo San Dalmazzo investigation was closed in 1969. Throughout, he maintained frequent, albeit discreet, contact with his SS network, including HIAG, a Waffen-SS lobby group. Although after the war people from Himmler's inner circle, including Wolff, tried to minimize the role of Himmler's adjutants, the role was far from inconsequential: the longer they stayed in Himmler's service, the more they gained influence and political connections. Suffering from a nervous breakdown, he was relieved of command on 2 August and dispatched to the rear. Ultimately, the sentences of the Malmedy defendants were commuted to life imprisonment and then to time served. [23] Peiper was with Himmler on 20 September in Bydgoszcz (Bromberg) when they witnessed the execution of 20 Poles organized by the leader of the local Volksdeutscher Selbstschutz and SS functionary, Ludolf von Alvensleben. [11] He received a favourable review from his SS instructors but only a conditional approval in the psychological evaluation conducted by German military doctors. Hands held high in the air, the defenders of Stoumont were searched and sent to the rear of Peiper’s column, their war over…for now. The 1st SS Panzer Division “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler” was to be the spearhead of the assault in the north. A small group, the Boves circle, was formed in the village, to hold prayers on every 19th of the month, the day of the Boves massacre. The official SS newspaper Das Schwarze Korps ("The Black Corps") described Peiper's actions in Kharkov in glowing terms such as "the master of the situation in all its phases" and extolled Peiper's "quick decision making", "caring" attitude and "bold and unorthodox orders". The route followed by Kampfgruppe Peiper. Twentyfour years had passed since I first read about MAJ McCown and Peiper – now it was time to put on the hiking boots. This unit amalgamated fanatic soldiers under the command of Sepp Dietrich. The hardening American resistance ahead of Peiper and on his exposed north flank, plus reports that his fuel supply was low, prompted the Sixth Panzer Army commander and staff to undertake new plans and orders calculated to get the kampfgruppe … [63] In July 1943, the LSSAH took part in Operation Citadel in the area of Kursk, with Peiper's unit distinguishing itself in the fighting. Reportedly, the nickname derived from the torching and slaughter of two Soviet villages where their inhabitants were either shot or burned. This bypass forced him towards the Baugnez crossroads near Malmedy. Home/Documentaries/WW2 Germany Films/Battle of the Bulge: Kampfgruppe Peiper DVD. Sheet music of the popular song, purchased in 1943, is one little girl’s lifetime link to Technical Sergeant Neal K. Moore. fourth, following the southern route through Recht, had become involved at roadblocks on the north flank of the 7th Armored Division salient. Transferred to a combat role, he participated in the Battle of France with the SS Division Totenkopf. [98], On 4 February, Peiper met for the last time with Himmler at his provisional headquarters. A medical examination concluded that he needed rest. [14] On 1 March 1938, Peiper received his Nazi Party membership card with the number 5.508.134. Had Peiper been allowed to make just a small deviation from the assigned march route to capture this location—which his task force without any doubt could have accomplished in a couple of hours—the road would have been opened to the 12. [114] When questioned about the murder of Belgian civilians, Peiper said they were partisans. [110] During the trial, several witnesses testified of at least two instances when Peiper had ordered the murder of POWs. (Kampfgruppe X, drawn from Skorzeny's brigade, was to operate in conjunction with Peiper's force, hence his presence.) To the Americans of I and K Companies of the 119th, it became painfully clear that the town could not be held. Peiper joined Himmler on board his special train and, on occasion, acted as his liaison to Adolf Hitler, travelling with Erwin Rommel to accompany Hitler as he met with Wehrmacht generals near the front. Peiper's Panthers flank Stoumont from the fields east of town. Peiper and his men had run into blown bridge after blown bridge, and roadblock after roadblock, all of which were beginning to show on the ammunition, and more importantly, fuel supplies of the Kampfgruppe. Near the center of town, the SS Panzergrenadiers stopped and collected themselves. Peiper fully realized that time was of the essence and issued orders to rush through the village with all possible speed. In Day Three of our tour in the Ardennes exploring the Battle of the Bulge, we head to the wooded terrain and heights of the North Shoulder in search of King Tiger Tank 213 at La Gleize. [127] The Adolf Eichmann trial and the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials in the first half of the 1960s (which had a large audience in West Germany) shone a new light on this period. Peiper had to prove he could obtain a job. [123] As he advanced within the company, he was accused by Italian union workers of the Boves massacre in Italy during the war. [104], Meanwhile, an active investigation into the Malmedy massacre was launched at the end of June 1945 by American war crimes investigators. [108], The trial took place at Dachau from 16 May to 16 July 1946 before a military tribunal. The National WWII Museum Digital Collections. Rather than a stain on Peiper's honour, the killing of POWs was celebrated in official records. Dollinger was injured in his head and sought shelter in the basement of the Werimont farm when Kampfgruppe Peiper withdrew from la Gleize. [95], Despite the failure of Peiper's battle group and the loss of all tanks, Mohnke recommended Peiper for a further award. On July 1938, Peiper worked directly for SS-leader Heinrich Himmler and became his first adjutant. Kampfgruppe Peiper wrote History with bloody letters. Despite his victory at Stoumont and the seemingly wide-open road ahead, he was now helpless, and he knew it. The National WWII Museum Digital Collections. [137], Historians Ronald Smelser and Edward J. Davies note that Peiper is one of the darlings of Americans who romanticize the Waffen-SS. In early May, Himmler, accompanied by Peiper, discussed with Globocnik, the SS and Police Leader in Lublin, the mass murder of the disabled. The circumstances of Peiper's death led to speculation that it had been faked. [38], In July, Peiper and Himmler were in Białystok where they reviewed the progress achieved by the Order Police battalions and met again with Bach-Zalewski. These weapons were used in the attempt to stop the oncoming German armor, to no effect. This formation was intended to be the “tip of the spear” in the drive to the Meuse River. ", wrote historian Jens Westemeier. The powerful Waffen SS Panzer Divisions, “Leibstandarte” and “Hitler Jugend” were expected to burst through the American lines along what would be called the “Northern Shoulder” and blast their way to the port of Antwerp. The infantrymen of the 119th Infantry Regiment poured fire into the Germans as they advanced through the town, yet it seemingly did little to stop the flood. 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