Photo: Gastight shower door at Dachau camp [from Irving collection]
On April 16, 1989 ABK circulated this opinion about the "Allied Shootings at Dachau".
Photo: German Guards with Red Cross flag surrender at Dachau, shortly before being massacred [Irving collection].
Richard Widmann responded:
I STRONGLY recommend that you read "Dachau: The Hour of the Avenger" by Col. Howard A. Buechner Medical Corps A.U.S. Ret. on this topic.
According to that volume, "12 or 15 SS guards ... had been lined up and shot in front of a large machine shop." This account sounds close to the one that you quote above. However, there were numerous additional shootings of Dachau guards. Buechner documents 122 Killed on the spot, 40 Killed by camp inmates, 12 Machine gunned by "Birdeye", 346 Machine-gunned by Lt. Bushyhead. 520 is the total thus executed.
Note that this volume was written as a first hand account. In addition there was a television documentary detailing similar figures presented in this book. I think the suggestion that the German soldiers merely dropped to the ground is both false and naive. There is a later photograph of two inmates preparing to kill a fallen SS guard with a shovel. In the background one can see the rows of machine gunned guards. This is reproduced on p.114 of Buechner's book.
A less clear and differently cropped version of this photo appears on p. 178 of Arthur Butz's "Hoax." Interestingly the events on "liberation" day were captured on film. There is a 30 minute video which Bradley Smith was selling showing the machine gunning. I am not sure if Bradley is still offering this - it was titled, "Dachau: The Secret Footage." I do know that Fritz Berg has a copy of the video.
I suggest that, "The Rock of Anzio: The 45th Infantry Division in World War II" by Flint Whitlock sounds as if it is attempting to cover up this American atrocity.