The Malmedy Massacre occurred on this date, December 17, in 1944. This atrocity took place during the German encircling operations as part of the Battle of the Bulge which began the day before.
The Battle of the Bulge was the last offensive action undertaken by the Germans on the Western front. Their defeat, and the subsequent destruction of German reserves, led to the total capitulation of the 3rd Reich within six months.
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