MASSACRE AND MURDER IN LE PARADIS
May 1940 and elements of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Norfolk Regiment were stubbornly holding Le Paradis and the neighbouring hamlet of Le-Cornet Malo, against overwhelmingly superior forces, trying to block the enemy's road to Dunkirk. On May 27th, their ammunition expended, and completely cut off from their Battalion and Brigade Headquarters, 99 officers and men of the 2/Royal Norfolks surrendered to No. 4 Company of the 1st Battalion of the 2nd S.S. Totenkopf (Deaths head) Regiment. They were disarmed, marched into a field, mowed down by machine-guns, finished off by revolver shots and bayonet thrusts and left for dead. By a miracle two of them escaped death, and were hidden and succoured for a short time by the people of Le Paradis. Later they became prisoners of war, and ultimately returned home to see that justice was done, on January 28th 1949, brought to the gallows the German officer who gave the command for this massacre. The Author's uncle was one of the victims and this story is dedicated to him, his comrades and family.
Published: 8 July 2015
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