Oradour-sur-Glane 10th June 1944

     This website describes the history, background and events leading up to the war-crime of the Nazi attack upon the martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane. This atrocity was carried out on Saturday 10th June 1944 by soldiers of the Der Führer Regiment of the 2nd Waffen-SS Panzer Division Das Reich. On that day they killed a total of 642 men, women and children and destroyed the entire village without giving any reason for their action to the inhabitants and to this day there is no universally accepted explanation for the massacre. The narrative, In a Ruined State, gives a full description of what happened on the 10th June 1944 and reviews all the current explanations offered by different authors for the attack on the village. In addition there are over 200 photographs in the Picture Gallery and much supporting information in the Appendices, including advice on how to get there and places to stay during a visit. If short of time, read the Summary and browse the Picture Gallery, but for a fuller understanding it is recommended to read all of, In a Ruined State and the Appendices, as they contain much relevant detail about the background to the affair and what happened afterwards to all those involved.


Introduction
Summary
In a Ruined State: the full story of Oradour

Timeline for Oradour-sur-Glane
Picture Gallery
Appendices
How to get there and places to stay
Bibliography

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Latest News
Site Map
Additions and Updates

Sewing machine in the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane village
Sewing machine in the ruins
of Oradour-sur-Glane village

 

Souviens-Toi : Remember! The notice at the entrance to the ruins of the martyr town of Oradour
Souviens-Toi : Remember
The notice at the entrances to the
ruins of Oradour, exhorting
visitors to: Remember!


 

 
Contact the author Michael Williams at ... michael@oradour.info

 
Oradour-sur-Glane Church (main scene of the massacre of the women and children) Memorial to the 642 victims in Oradour-sur-Glane cemetery The car of Dr. Desourteaux on the Champ de Foire in Oradour-sur-Glane
Oradour Church (main site for the killing
of the women and children)
Memorial in Oradour cemetery to the
642 named victims of the massacre
The car of Doctor Desourteaux on the
Champ de Foire in Oradour

 


 

Note 1: Oradour-sur-Glane is often spelled as, Oradour sur Glane (without the hyphens) and is often referred to simply as, Oradour, see the Oradours of France.

Note 2: The 10th of June 1944 was also the date for other war-crime killings by the Waffen-SS in WWII, see the 10th of June as a date in WWII history.

Note 3: There is an annual event in Oradour-sur-Glane to mark the anniversary of the massacre, see 10th June commemoration ceremony.

Note 4: All spelling and date formatting on this website follows the British English conventions, see Dates, commonly misspelled words & accents.

Note 5: The Favicon for this website, which should be displayed in the address bar of your web browser, shows a cross of Lorraine superimposed on a standard French flag.

Note 6: This website includes information about a range of persons, places and organisations involved in the events at Oradour-sur-Glane, such as: ..................

a) French citizens who were present on the 10th of June 1944 and listed under Dramatis Personae including, Robert Hébras, Mathieu Borie, Clément Broussaudir, Jean-Marcel Darthout, Yvon Roby, Hubert Desourteaux, Jacques Desourteaux, Jean Desourteaux, Roger Godfrin, the Pinède children, Pierre-Henri Poutaraud, and Marguerite Rouffanche.

b) German forces personnel involved, were those of the members of the Der Führer Regiment of the 2nd SS-Panzer Division Das Reich and include: Georg René Boos, Heinz Barth, Adolf Diekmann, Karl Gerlach, Otto Kahn, Helmut Kämpfe, Heinrich Lammerding, Sylvester Stadler and Otto Weidinger.

c) Organisational information, such as, The Order of Battle of Das Reich in June 1944 is shown, as is an example of the SS rank structure and notes on Hugo Sperrle, the Commander-in-Chief West of the German armed forces and whose orders were used to justify the attack. In addition there are notes on language and terms used during the Nazi period.

d) As well as the various personnel listed above, there are basic notes on: Len Cotton (an RAF man shot down over France and sheltered in Oradour) and Georges Guingouin a commander of the French Resistance whose capture of Kämpfe triggered the attack.

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Introduction In a Ruined State Timeline How to get there & places to stay Picture Gallery
Appendices Bibliography Latest News Frequently asked questions (FAQ) Site Map
Summary of In a Ruined State Rank table for the Waffen-SS Notes on Language and terms used Links to other sites Additions and Updates
   

 

 

 


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