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Le Paradis (France) British POW shot.

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by CNOCK, May 5, 2015.

  1. CNOCK

    CNOCK Member

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    Hello,

    In May 1940 British soldiers taken POW were executed by German SS Totenkopf troops at 'Le Paradis'.
    What was the site of the execution?, (there exist several places called 'Le Paradis' in Northern France).
    Which British unit was involved, where are the victims buried.?

    Thanks,

    regards,

    Cnock
     
  2. Drew5233

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    It was HQ Company of the 2nd Battalion The Norfolk Regiment, Commanded by Major Ryder. There was also some men from the Royal Scots that were murdered as they were on the boundary with the Norfolks. You can see the casualties in the local CWGC cemetery and there is a memorial near the entrance.

    The actual massacre was a few Km's away by the side of a farm which is still there today alone with a plaque, memorial and the bullet holes.

    Here's the cemetery details:
    http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2027400/LE%20PARADIS%20WAR%20CEMETERY,%20LESTREM

    As a quick fix I would recommend Last Stand at Le Paradis - alternatively come back in around five years and you can by my book :lol:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Stand-Paradis-Massacre-Norfolks-ebook/dp/B008KMO9NY/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430857110&sr=1-4&keywords=paradis+norfolk+regiment
     
  3. CNOCK

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    Hello Drew5233,

    Many Thanks for the info!
    Hope to be able to visit the cemetery soon.

    Lest we forget

    regards,

    Cnock
     
  4. Drew5233

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    I'll be in France and Belgium for the last two weeks of May ;)
     
  5. CNOCK

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    Hi,

    sorry, but I won't be abl to make it for France

    regards,

    Cnock
     
  6. CNOCK

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    Hello Drews,

    do ou know the exact location of the farm where the massacre took place?

    thanks,

    Cnock
     
  7. Drew5233

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    Yep

    The graves are at the back of the church on Rue Delflie and you need to know they lay out of the farms/houses as there are three almost next to each other on opposite sides of the road. One was where HQ Company were fighting, one was the massacre site and the other is where the two survivors hid. If you head for the Chemin du Paradis that should get you in the area. Be warned though it may be tricky to find. I've been there several times and I always find it hard to find for some reason - even with a map and satnav!
     
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    SS prisoners of the Russian got special treatment. I doubt if many came home.
     
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    Sorrry but should that be May not March. The western offensive started early May? If I got it worng do correct me. Cheers.KPH
     
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    Apologies. fat finger/phone interaction.
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    No problem. Cheers von Poop!
     
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