One of the first crimes committed by the German army, in western Europe, took place in Belgium villages of Vinkt and Meighem, near Ghent, between 26–28 May 1940 during the Battle of the Lys.. The atrocity was perpetrated by the Wehrmacht, not the SS.
The Vinkt bridge crossing the Schipdonk Canal was being guarded by the 1st Belgian Division of Chasseurs Ardennais
As the German 225th Divison approached the Vinkt bridge they discovered it blocked by refugees fleeing south. The Wehrmacht soldiers then took a number of refugees and used then as human shields.
On Sunday, May 26th, the Germans took hostages at the Meigem and Vinkt church, and at a number of farms in the area. Some hostages were killed immediately, but the a worse event occurred at Meigem church, where an explosion killed 27 hostages.
The following day, Monday May 27th, Adolf Hitler, demanded Belgium’s immediate and unconditional…
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