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View of an German soldier executed by an American firing squad during... News Photo1940-1949,Archival,Army Soldier,Battle of the Bulge,Belgium,Black And White,Blindfold,Conflict,Dead Person,Europe,Execution,Firing Squad,Full Length,Human Interest,Military Uniform,Obituary,One Person,Outdoors,People,Photograph,TIMEINCOWN,Uniform,Vertical,Violence,War,World War IIPhotographer Collection: The LIFE Picture Collection Time & Life PicturesView of an German soldier executed by an American firing squad during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, Belgium, December 23, 1944. Three soldiers, named Manfred Pernass, Gunther Billing, and Wilhelm Schmidt, were captured, tried, and executed. They had been participating in Operation Greif, which involved sabotage behind the Allied lines while dressed in Allied (British and American) uniforms. (Photo by John Florea/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)