• Short Summary

    US army firing squad execute two men in abandoned quarry.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material.

    US army firing squad executes spies - location of events unknown, somewhere in liberated Europe.

    A civilian man is marched across an abandoned quarry by American military policemen. He is tied to post. L/S line of US soldiers lining up, they aim their rifles and shoot at the man. The man tumbles to ground. MPs and US army officers inspect the body. The body is lifted into a coffin.

    Various shots of another man being executed in the same way.

    Notes: This footage could include the execution of 2 Hitler youths, aged just 16 and 17. This article about it was in the newspaper:

    "Two Hitler youths, aged 16 and 17, have been executed by an Allied firing squad for espionage against American forces in the Aachen area.
    The boys, Heinz Petry and Josef Schoner, who were caught hiding in, a foxhole on February 22, near Birdgen, told the court they had been confined in a military camp and were offered a chance to clear their characters by reporting on American troop movements"

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2141.15
    Media URN:
    63620
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:58:00:00 / 02:01:17:00
    Canister:
    UN 1162 C

Comments (1)

  1. Henry Page says

    Shocking description of the subjects of an execution that was a US war crime it seems

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