GERMAN SS GENERAL MAJOR KURT MEYER'S RIBBON BAR WW11
GERMAN SS GENERAL MAJOR KURT MEYER'S RIBBON BAR WW2 - REPRODUCTON
This is the reconstructed ribbon bar of SS General major Kurt Meyer's.
Ribbon bars are small ribbons mounted on small metal bars equipped with attaching devices, and are generally issued for wear in place of wearing the actual medals.
Brigadefuhrer Kurt Meyer, Commander of the 25th Panzer Grenadier Regiment used the Abbey Ardenne, near Caen, France as his headquarters during the Battle of Normandy.
On June 7 & 8, 1944 the Abbey Ardennes was the location of the mass murder of 20 Canadian soldiers who were executed by the 12th SS Panzer Division. The murder was considered a violation of the Geneva Convention and constituted as a War Crime.
As commander of the regiment, Kurt Meyer was charged with War Crimes for the massacre. Meyer though maintained through the trail that he did not command his troops to take and kill the prisoners. During the trial testimony stated that Meyer had directed his troops to take no prisoners.
On December 28, 1945 he was found guilty and sentenced to death however his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and after only serving 9 years in prison Kurt Meyer was released.