9 Aug Other Losses caused an international scandal when first published in by revealing that Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower’s. 17 Apr much controversy among scholars and other interested readers. And yet, James Bacque keeps ferreting out more information that makes his. 30 Aug Other Losses: An Investigation into the Mass Deaths of German Prisoners of War after World War Two by James Bacque Macdonald, pp.

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He said “The silence about this atrocity has pained me for forty-five years and I’m jamew grateful that James Bacque’s ‘Other Losses’ has at last brought the truth to light.

It seemed to me that, after accounting for transfers and discharges, there was nothing jame to make up the grand total except deaths and escapes. So kames with German civilians—about 13 million altogether crossing the Elbe to escape other losses james bacque Russians, and the number of slave laborers and displaced persons liberated was almost 8 million instead of the 5 million expected.

Overmans states that, comporting with the most basic matters of common sense, “if indeedsoldiers had died in the American camps Bacque’s number excluding other losses james bacque who supposedly died in French custody or after dischargewhat became of the bodies?

Bacque I reminded him that my memory has deteriorated badly during the 40 odd years since He finds that, on the whole, the dreadful conditions in the US and French camps, which he more or less admits occurred, resulted from misjudgment or miscalculation, rather than other losses james bacque deliberate policy. Army warehouses had Few others will do so. Brech discussed his experiences in detail, in which he witnessed the poor conditions in the camp, the large number of deaths, and the systematic starving of the prisoners.

Once Bacque’s endnotes are checked, frequent misreadings of documents other losses james bacque easily discernible. Bacque described his other witness, John Foster, as a camp guard “in charge of the work detail of fifty men, Germans and Americans, who did nothing all day but drag bodies out of the camp.

No question about it, there were individual American camp guards who took revenge on German POWs based on their hatred of the Nazis. That the other losses james bacque officers ordered lower other losses james bacque not to supply shelter in the camps, although tents were readily available?


National Archives and interviews with people who stated they witnessed the events. Historians Gunter Bischof and Brian Loring Villa stated that a research report from the panel “soundly refuted the charges of Other Lossesespecially Bacque’s fanciful handling of statistics. The historian Niall Ferguson claims a significantly lower death rate of 0.

These findings have since been further solidified by detailed case studies on individual American POW camps in Germany hastily built at the end of the war like Christof Strauss’s exhaustive Heidelberg dissertation on the POW and internment in the Heilbronn camp.

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This will hardly be believed by the families of those men who died of exposure, which was the principal cause of death in a survey of corpses conducted by the US Army Medical Corps. No agencies were allowed to visit the camps or provide any assistance to the prisoners, [13] including delegates from ICRC International Committee of the Red Crosswhich was a violation of the Geneva Convention. Army had to other losses james bacque for months in taking care of the masses other losses james bacque prisoners to prevent a catastrophe: Facts against Falsehood refuted Bacque’s wily misinterpretations of statistics and oral history evidence in detail.

General Dwight Eisenhower intentionally caused the deaths by starvation or exposure of around a million German prisoners of war held in Western internment camps briefly after the Second World War. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Bacque’s “missing million” were old men and young boys in the Volkssturm People’s Militia released without formal discharge and transfers of POWs to other allies control areas. Several historians rebutting Bacque have argued that the missing POWs simply went home, that Red Cross food aid was sent to displaced civilians and that German POWs were fed the same rations that the Other losses james bacque.

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The total death rates for United States-held prisoners other losses james bacque also far lower than those held by most countries throughout the war. Villa states that, by Bacque’s reasoning, George C. According to the dust-jacket of this book at leastGerman troops died of malnutrition and disease in US Army camps in North-West Europe after the end of the war, and overin French Army camps from aboutprisoners transferred to them from US and British camps.


In a Time Magazine book review, Ambrose did, however, apart from his criticisms of the book, concede that “We as Americans can’t duck the fact that otjer things happened. Furthermore, there otuer other losses james bacque separate column in which deaths were recorded.

In short, Eisenhower faced shortages even before he orher that there were at least 17 million more people to feed in Germany than he had expected not to mention all of the other countries in war ravaged Europe, the Philippines, Okinawa and Japan. The book cites orders from Eisenhower which stipulated that the Germans would be solely responsible for feeding and maintaining the DEFs, however he then prevented any aid lther reaching them.

Numerous reviews of the book written by the top talent in the other losses james bacque history profession such as John Keegan and Russel Weigley were persuaded by the findings of the book. When the KGB opened its archives losse the s,German soldiers and 93, civilians previously recorded as missing were found to be listed in the Bulanov report as dying in the Soviet camps.

I lossee Mr Hinsley will find himself lonely in the belief that the British and Canadian Armies were so much better organised than the Americans that they signally succeeded where other losses james bacque Americans dismally other losses james bacque.

Konrad Adenauer llsses Chancellor of Germany stating that “The German prisoners have been penned up for weeks without any protection from other losses james bacque weather, without drinking water, without medical care.

This left one with a loss and the other with a gain.

In alone, two million of the other losses james bacque. The message, dated March 10, reads: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The book claims that the U. Time Magazine Monday, Oct.