Added: January 2, 2016 – Last updated: January 2, 2016


Author: Kenneth D. Alford

Title: American Crimes and the Liberation of Paris

Subtitle: Robbery, Rape and Murder by Renegade GIs, 1944-1947

Place: Jefferson, NC

Publisher: McFarland

Year: 2016

Pages: 240pp.

ISBN-13: 9780786496808 (softcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781476619439 (ebook) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History; European History: French History | Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War


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  Acknowledgments (p. v)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  1. The German Capture of Paris (p. 3)
  2. D-Day, June 6, 1944 (p. 10)
  3. The 29th Machine Records Unit (p. 26)
  4. The Hangings (p. 33)
  5. The Liberation of Paris (p. 39)
  6. Paris, City of Lights (p. 51)
  7. The Officer's Formal Mess (p. 63)
  8. The Mess and Billeting Office of the Hotel Astra (p. 69)
  9. The Black Market (p. 76)
  10. Paris Detention Barracks (p. 81)
  11. The Vincennes Gang (p. 88)
  12. The Channel Islands Crash (p. 103)
  13. The Voltaire Gang (p. 106)
  14. The Lola Murder (p. 116)
  15. The 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment (p. 126)
  16. The Million-Dollar Battalion (p. 130)
  17. The Arrest of Men of the Million-Dollar Battalion (p. 144)
  18. The Cigarette Trials (p. 150)
  19. A Review of the Trials (p. 163)
  20. The Execution of Private Slovik (p. 168)
  21. Postwar Paris (p. 173)
  22. Martinez's Early Years (p. 176)
  23. Martinez Returns to Germany (p. 180)
  24. Springtime in Paris (p. 189)
  25. Murder in La Place Pigalle (p. 198)
  26. The Trials (p. 208)
  27. Mannheim Prison: Maximum Security (p. 213)
  28. The Inevitable End (p. 218)
  Chapter Notes (p. 223)
  Bibliography (p. 227)
  Index (p. 229)

Description: »The Allies’ triumphant march into Paris in 1944 was met with cheering crowds of liberated Parisians. After the cheering stopped, American deserters and their French cohorts violently exploited the city with the ruthless efficiency of the Chicago mobs of the 1920s. Well organized, and heavily armed, these GIs-turned-gangsters made huge profits on the thriving black market with their unlimited supplies of gasoline, cigarettes and other commodities. Along with this illicit enterprise came rape, murder, robbery, prostitution and epidemic venereal disease. American military justice worked at controlling the crime wave, handling nearly 8,000 criminal investigations in the year after liberation, but only the end of the war in 1945 put a stop to it. This book identifies both French and American offenders.« (Source: McFarland)

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