The Dachau Massacre. The Slaughter of Nazis in Death Camps During WW2.
Everyone has heard of the Holocaust, the slaughter of European Jews during the years of World War 2. One thing that is not often spoken about however
are the murders of Nazi Prisoners of War during WW2. The Dachau Massacre (otherwise known as the Dachau liberation reprisals) obviously does not rival
the Holocaust, but it is an event which is not widely known. It is an event which this thread will be looking at today.
Before we get started, it must be noted that this thread is in no way anti-American, even though it does focus on a specific action committed by
American forces during WW2. I am merely providing information for the interested reader. Now, lets get on with it...
The Massacre in question occurred at the very first Nazi death camp, the Dachau concentration camp. The Dachau concentration camp was opened on March
22nd 1933, and was described by Heinrich Himmler as "the first concentration camp for political prisoners." It was located in the south of Germany,
and was used as a prototype. One in which all other concentration camps would eventually be inspired by. The Dachau concentration camp's layout was
used by all later camps of Nazi Germany.
The camp was used primarily to hold German nationals who were considered enemies of the Reich. This was the pinnacle purpose of the camp both prior
to, and during WW2. The rest of the camp's population was made up of people hailing from 30 other countries. The camps original purpose did not
remain in tact, as after the prison had fallen, it was used by the allies to detain German soldiers, the majority being SS.
After the camp had been "liberated" by the USA's 45th Infantry Division (of the 7th US Army). the soldiers thought it would be a good idea to
massacre the newly found prisoners of war, as well as the former prison guards. The USA allowed the former prisoners to torture and execute the former
guards also. Accounts of the massacre do differ, and this thread will cover the different accounts further on.
Lt. Col. Felix L. Sparks stated that about 50 POW's were watched over by I company of the 45th Infantry Division. He left I company in charge while
he advanced towards the centre of the Dachau concentration camp. After hearing gun shots, he ran back to the area where he stated that around 12
German soldiers had been killed by a 19 year old machine gunner. He proceeded to dismiss the gunner before replacing him with another.
Buechner (who was a medic during the years of WW2) had given an account to an investigator whereby he stated that around 15 German soldiers had been
killed. Later however, Buechner wrote a book titled Dachau: The Hour of the Avenger: An Eyewitness Account
. In this book, Buechner stated that
US forces had killed 520 German soldiers, including 346 more under the command of 1st Lt. Bushyhead. This latter claim of his is questionable at best
considering he did not witness the event. Furthermore, no such second shooting had been recorded.
The general consensus is that around 15 German soldiers were killed by US forces. But ask yourself, does the top picture in this thread looks like it
contains 15 dead soldiers? I personally feel that the photo proves that the accounts above were either wrong or falsified. While i don't believe 866
soldiers were killed, i also do not believe that under 50 soldiers were killed.
Thank you all for reading,
PS: To be fair, the US soldiers involved had witnessed many dead and decomposing bodies in and around the Dachau concentration camp. As such, the
soldiers may had felt deep anger at the soldiers there, thus deciding to slaughter them. Regardless, this event in history is not widely known or