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When 20 Canadian Prisoners Were Murdered By The Waffen SS In Normandy – The Ardenne Abbey Massacre

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H/T War History OnLine.

One more Nazi atrocity committed by the SS during World War II.

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In the early days of the Normandy campaign 20 Canadian soldiers, members of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and 27th Armoured Regiment (part of the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment), were captured and executed by Waffen SS forces in a monastery near Caen, France. The incident was a direct violation of the Geneva Convention, which was signed by Germany before the war.

The executioner was the infamous SS Standartenfuhrer, Kurt Meyer. Meyer was in charge of the 25th Panzer Grenadier Regiment and under its wing, the fanatical 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend. The Hitlerjugend Division was comprised of ex-members of the Hitler Youth, who were sent to Caen to participate in combat against the invading Allies.

Their senior officers were battle-hardened Waffen SS members. Among them was Kurt Meyer, nicknamed Panzermeyer. Before the war, he was trying to establish a career as an apprentice shopkeeper, road builder, and a postman, but was unable to keep a job. He joined the Nazi Party in 1930, three years before Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany.

Soon after the beginning of the war, in 1939, Meyer was awarded the Iron Cross and quickly rose through the ranks. He fought on battlefields all over Europe ― he fought in Poland, Netherlands, the Balkans, the Eastern Front and finally France during the Allied invasion. Meyer excelled in battle but also gained a reputation as a war criminal, executing civilians and prisoners alike.

Canadians on Juno Beach, June 1944.
Canadians on Juno Beach, June 1944.

The captured Canadians were all young men, barely out of school, with no combat experience. They were outmanoeuvred and captured in June 1944. The headquarters of the 25th Panzer Grenadier Regiment was located in the Ardenne Abbey, so the soldiers were taken there. The rest of the story is based on evidence gathered during an investigation of the massacre.

Their bodies were discovered on July 8th, 1944, after the Abbey had finally been liberated by the Canadian Army. First, they found the body of Lieutenant Thomas Windsor. Some of the bodies were found by the villagers around the premises. Examinations of the remains revealed that the soldiers had either been shot or bludgeoned directly in the head. After the discovery, their bodies were properly buried.

Further investigations concluded that the soldiers were shot during the evening on June 7th, and on the following day. In addition to the 20 confirmed cases, two more Canadian soldiers are believed to have suffered the same fate on June 17th, also on the premises of the Abbey, but their bodies were never found.

Kurt Meyer. By Wikipedia / Bundesarchiv CC-BY-SA 3.0
Kurt Meyer. By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

After a year of investigation, in the period between 1944 and 1945, the Canadian War Crimes Commission, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce Macdonald, managed to put together the pieces of who was responsible for the murders.

Kurt Meyer remained the prime suspect. The Ardenne Abbey massacre was only one of several war crimes of which Meyer was accused. In total, five charges were laid against him in relation to the Ardenne Abbey massacre:

  1. Inciting and advising soldiers under his command to refuse quarter to Allied troops.
  2. Commanding his troops to kill 23 POWs at or near the villages of Buron and Authie on 7th of June 1944.
  3. Commanding his troops, on 8th of June 1944, to kill seven prisoners of war at the Abbaye Ardenne, and as a result of such orders, the prisoners were shot and killed.
  4. (Alternative to the third charge) Responsibility for the killing of seven Canadian POWs at the Abbaye Ardenne on 8th of June 1944.
  5. Ordering the killing of 11 Canadian POWs at the Abbaye Ardenne on 7th June 1944.
Meyer (right) with SS high ranking officers Fritz Witt and Max Wunsche. By Wikipedia/ Bundesarchiv CC-BY-SA 3.0
Meyer (right) with SS high ranking officers Fritz Witt and Max Wunsche in Caen, 1944. By Bundesarchiv – CC BY-SA 3.0 de

One of the main witnesses to the case was the SS Private Alfred Helzel, who confirmed to the Canadian authorities that he and other soldiers under Meyer’s command were given orders not to take prisoners. However, Helzel withdrew his claim in court but was later convinced to confirm it again. Citizens of the towns of Authie and Buron testified against the 12th SS and to the various atrocities committed against Canadian soldiers.

Various Canadian soldiers also testified, and most important among them was Private Stanley Dudka. He was taken a prisoner and witnessed the German military police pick ten random prisoners who were later taken to an unknown location. Among the ten men was Private Moss, whose body was identified in Ardenne Abbey.

The central witness in the case was Jan Jesionek, a Polish soldier who had been pressed into service by the Wehrmacht. Jesionek confirmed that he overheard Meyer say to his fellow officer: “What should we do with these prisoners; they only eat up our rations?” They settled on the “no prisoners” policy afterwards. Jesionek then saw each prisoner being questioned and led to the garden of the Abbey.

The soldiers were shot in the back of their heads, one by one, as they finished questioning. This was done to six prisoners. Jesionek and three fellow drivers examined the bodies after execution, all lying in the garden and surrounded by blood.

According to Jesionek, the Canadians realized what was happening, each prisoner shaking hands with his comrades before walking to the garden and being shot. Uncertainty over Meyer’s commands remained since Jesionek never heard Meyer give the order to kill the Canadians.

Meyer defended himself, claiming he had no knowledge of the executions. He said that he had seen the bodies in the garden two days after they were shot. By his own testimony, he was disgusted and ordered the bodies to be buried.

He also claimed that he even tried to punish the ones who killed the Canadians, but was unsuccessful in conducting the punishment. These claims were refuted by French teenagers, however, who lived in the Abbey and testified that no bodies were visible in the garden when they went there the day after the murders.

Meyer was found guilty of inciting his troops to commit murder and of being responsible as a commander for the killings that happened in Ardenne Abbey. He was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Kurt Meyer was set free on 7th September 1954, after serving nine years in prison in Canada.

Ardenne Abbey memorial. By Burtonne CC BY-SA 3.0
Ardenne Abbey Memorial. By Burtonne – CC BY-SA 3.0

In 1984, a monument was erected for the victims of the Ardenne Abbey massacre. The inscription, followed by the names of those killed, reads:

“IN MEMORIAM. ON THE NIGHT OF 7-8 JUNE 1944, EIGHTEEN CANADIAN SOLDIERS WERE MURDERED IN THIS GARDEN WHILE BEING HELD HERE AS PRISONERS OF WAR. TWO MORE PRISONERS DIED HERE, OR NEARBY, ON 17 JUNE 1944. LEST WE FORGET.”

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Frank Luke, Medal of Honor Recipient – The “Arizona Balloon Buster”

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H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P.Second Lieutenant Frank Luke Jr. May 19, 1897-September 29, 1918.

Lt. Frank Luke, Jr. with his SPAD S.XIII on September 19, 1918.

People might not think shooting a balloon out of the sky is a substantial feat for a fighter pilot. But surround that balloon with enemy anti-aircraft fire, fighter planes, and a host of infantry on the ground, and it gets complicated.

Home in Arizona

Frank Luke was born on May 19, 1897, in Phoenix, Arizona to a German immigrant family. A brawler from a young age, perhaps due to living with eight siblings, Luke was known for his athleticism and bare-knuckle fighting matches. It was hardly a surprise that Luke was quick to enlist when the United States entered WWI in 1917. He opted for the aviation section of the US signal corps and in September received pilot training. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in March 1918, and then he was sent to France to fight the Germans.

Continuing his brawler spirit, Luke was known to be a discipline problem and frequently disobeyed orders. Often he flew without an escort with the belief he was just fine on his own. Thankfully for the Allies, such an arrogant spirit is just what they needed.

Observation balloons were proving to be quite effective in coordinating and directing German attacks. The balloons position in the sky dominated the terrain making the element of surprize difficult if not impossible. Due to their enormous contribution, the balloons were heavily defended with anti-aircraft guns and infantry on the ground. Attacking a balloon was to invite a fierce fight; the perfect job for a brawler from Arizona.

In for the Kill

Due to the danger, US commanders asked for volunteers. Without hesitation, Frank Luke rose to the challenge with his friend Lieutenant Joseph Wehner. Together they formed a deadly duo and earned quite a name for themselves. Wehner flew protective cover while Luke attacked the balloon soaring in to shoot it down.

They began an incredible string of victories starting on September 12. First one, then two, and the numbers climbed with each new sortie. However, on September 18 Luke and Wehner were involved in a dogfight with a couple of Fokker D.VIIs when Wehner was shot down and killed in action. Luke destroyed the two D.VIIs, a Halberstadt fighter biplane, and two more balloons.

Despite the loss of his friend, Luke remained committed to the mission. On September 28 he picked up his 14th and 15th victories. Claiming engine trouble he chose to spend that night at the French aerodrome at Cicognes. Returning to his base the next morning he was threatened with arrest by his commanding officer for being AWOL. Without authorization and in true Frank Luke style he took off and headed for the front near Verdun. There his group commander canceled the arrest order and gave Luke implied approval to continue with his attacks on the balloons.

Final Stand

That evening Luke took off on what would be his last flight. Heading six miles behind enemy lines and three German observation balloons Luke did his worst upon them. He shot down all three bringing his total to 18 aerial victories and placing him second on the list of American pilots with successes in WWI. Luke would have been pleased to continue the race to be number one, but a German machine gunner had other plans. A single bullet struck Luke near his right shoulder.

Severely wounded Luke knew he had to land his plane but not before strafing some German infantry along the way. Once grounded he headed for a nearby stream but about 200 yards from his aircraft he collapsed. As the German infantry moved in, Luke drew his Colt 1911 and attempted to fire before succumbing to his wounds.

It was the end for the “Arizona Balloon Bomber” but not the end of his legacy. After receiving testimony from both German and French sources he became the first airman to be awarded the Medal of Honor. It was presented to his father in 1919 and is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

A would-be Starbucks robber is suing a man who stopped him from committing a crime

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This is a BS lawsiut

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Police say a suspect who tried to rob a Fresno, California, Starbucks in July is now suing the man who stopped him from committing a crime, according to NBC affiliate KSEE.

Fresno Police say 30-year-old Ryan Flores, who remains in jail on a felony attempted robbery charge, walked into a Starbucks wearing a “Transformers” mask and demanded money from the barista.

Surveillance video of the incident shows 58-year-old customer Cregg Jerri sneaking up behind Flores with a metal chair in his hand. The situation quickly escalates after Jerri strikes Flores with the chair.

During the heated altercation, police say Flores stabbed Jerri in the neck. But the tables quickly turned on the would-be robber when Jerri wrestled the knife away from Flores and stabbed the suspect multiple times, our affiliate KMPH reports.

Although law enforcement hailed Jerri a hero, the robbery suspect’s mother…

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KISS -Honors, Vets Says Pledge, Plays National Anthem

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H/T The Lid.

During a concert, KISS took a shot at Colin Kaepernick who refuses to stand for the National Anthem, presented a $150,000 check to a veterans organization, recited the pledge of allegiance and played a killer version of The Star Spangled Banner.

 

New Ammo Is Designed for 1 Type of US Enemy

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H/T Conservative Tribune.

An interest development for munitions.

An international aerospace and defense company headquartered in Norway has announced the development of a revolutionary new form of ammunition designed to make the difficult task of destroying drones far less likely to cause collateral damage.

“Known as ‘programmable ammunition’, this new technology makes it possible for any larger gun to fire shells that can be programmed to explode with pinpoint accuracy, either before, above or inside a target,” the company, Nammo, announced in a news release Wednesday.

“Adaptable to several weapon platforms, including 40 mm grenade launchers, 30 mm guns, 120 mm tank ammunition and M-72 rockets, this makes the technology ideal for dealing with a number of different threats, including drones.”

Especially drones, in fact. Because of their small size, drones tend to be very hard to hit. And what happens if a shot at a drone misses its target? The ammunition keeps flying until it hits something. But not anymore.

“This threat is virtually eliminated with Nammo’s programmable ammunition, as it will explode where intended, independent of whether it has hit its target or not,” the release explained.

Suppose a soldier intends to fire a 40 mm grenade at a drone that’s floating 30 meters away from him. He would simply program the grenade to explode once it travels 30 meters. If the grenade hits, then great, target eliminated. If not, it’ll simply explode in mid-air, after which its fragments will tumble to the ground. That will lessen the danger for the soldier’s comrades who might otherwise have been in the grenade’s flight path.

Additionally, given the accuracy of the ammunition, it has a good chance of either detonating or disabling any explosives or weapons that the drone may be carrying when they hit, further reducing the danger to infrastructure or personnel below,” Nammo added.

Good point. Watch a demonstration of Nammo’s programmable ammunition in action below:

Higher Minimum Wage Laws Might Make You Sick

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H/T The Daily Signal.

I never thought about this aspect of the minimum wage hike. 

This news may not sit well with hipster foodies in the Pacific Northwest.

In a classic case of good intentions paving the way to hell, it appears that minimum wage increases might be bad for your health.

A recently released study on the impact of minimum wage increases in Seattle showed a corresponding uptick in the number of health violations by restaurants in the area as the minimum wage went up.

The paper found that just a $0.10 jump in the minimum wage “increased hygiene violation scores by 11.45 percent.”

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One of the paper’s authors, Srikant Devaraj, said in an interview with NPR:

We find that a dollar increase in minimum wage resulted in a 6.4 percent increase in overall health violations and 15.3 percent increase in less severe violations as a result of the increases.

Seattle has been a battleground in the “Fight for $15” minimum wage movement since the city began implementing a $13 minimum wage in 2015 (which has since been increased to $15).

However, this poster child for high minimum wage cities delivered a major blow to the movement earlier this year when the University of Washington released a study showing that the law decreased employment for low-income workers.

The study also found that those who were still employed after the wage hike often had their hours reduced.

The findings of that study were so dramatic that even some on the left who had previously supported minimum wage laws had to concede that they might not be living up to their lofty promises.

Seattle’s minimum wage hike (which I thought was a great idea) may actually have cost low-wage workers: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/seattles-minimum-wage-hike-may-have-gone-too-far/ 

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Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far

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This, in part, is what the authors of the new study on the minimum wage’s health effects point to as a potential cause of the sudden surge in health code violations.

They theorized that to make up for the forced higher wages, restaurant owners have just a few choices to make up for the increased cost.

The first would be to pass the price on to customers. Since this could also hurt business in a competitive market, this may be an unattractive but necessary option.

The second strategy would be to cut labor costs by reducing staff, slashing hours, and duplicating roles for their current employees.

By doing so, restaurants could be generating this higher number of health code violations because they are stretched too thin to handle precautions they would have taken in the past.

According to the authors, most of the violations tend to be of the lower-level “blue” variety. An example would be the presence of rodents around food products and other infractions of that sort.

But the study didn’t find an increase in higher-level “red” violations that would lead to the shutdown of an establishment.

So restaurant owners could be simply taking a chance by letting smaller infractions go while still keeping their business open, the authors of the study reasoned.

Regardless of whether or not the reduced cleanliness will kill you, it certainly isn’t appetizing to think that your favorite local restaurant may be cutting corners on cleanliness because of government policies.

This latest example of the negative effects of minimum wage again shows how policies to enforce social justice in the name of empathy can end up harming both intended beneficiaries and society as a whole.

As conservative commentator Ben Shapiro says, facts don’t care about your feelings.

Dallas School District Weighing Renaming Schools Named After Franklin, Jefferson And Madison

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H/T The Daily Caller.

These leftist loons are Hell bent on erasing our history.

Dallas Independent School District included schools named after three of America’s Founding Fathers on a list of schools that the district is exploring renaming.

The DISD administration has already recommended renaming four schools named after Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The district is conducting additional research on whether to rename at least 20 other schools named after historical figures. The list of schools, posted by DISD board member Dustin Marshall on Facebook Saturday night, includes schools named after Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

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“I will not support a name change for Franklin since Benjamin Franklin clearly had many accomplishments that form the basis for why the school was named after him. I don’t believe this school was named after Franklin to send a signal of oppression and control,” Marshall wrote. (Benjamin Franklin Middle School is the only school on the list that falls within Marshall’s district.)

The district is exploring whether to rename the schools on the list because of their namesake’s ties to slavery or the Confederacy, the Dallas Morning News reported(RELATED: SPLC Says Army Bases Are Confederate Monuments That Need To Come Down)

The Dallas City Council recently voted to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee located in Dallas. The statue came down on Thursday at a cost of approximately $450,000, CBS DFW reported.

President Trump questioned last month whether the removing of statues of Lee and other Confederate figures would lead to the removal of tributes to slave-owning Founding Fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

“So will George Washington now lose his status?” Trump asked. “Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?”

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