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On location with BHTV: Tim Saunders interviewing Peter Hoskins, author and expert on the Battle of Poitiers on the battlefield in France. BHTV’s programme 'The Black Prince and the Battle of Poitiers 1356' is due out in the summer of 2013. It will be the third of BHTV’s 100 Year War trilogy.
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Le Paradis massacre
27th May 1940
The Le Paradis massacre was a war crime committed by members of the 14th Company, SS Division Totenkopf, under the command of Hauptsturmführer Fritz Knöchlein. It took place on 27 May 1940, during the Battle of France, at a time when the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was attempting to retreat through the Pas-de-Calais region during the Battle of Dunkirk.
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment, had become isolated from their regiment. They occupied and defended a farmhouse against an attack by Waffen-SS forces in the village of Le Paradis. After running out of ammunition, the defenders surrendered to the German troops. The Germans led them across the road to a wall, and machine-gunned them. Ninety-seven British troops died. Two survived, with injuries, and hid until they were captured by German forces several days later.
Last Stand at Le Paradis
(Hardback - 192 pages)
by Richard Lane
In early September 1939, the 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment were one of the first complete infantry units of the BEF to land in France.
The first months of World War Two were relatively quiet but after deploying to the Maginot Line sector during January 1940 they… Read more at Pen & Sword...
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