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Halfway between Bastogne and Houffalize, Noville was occupied in 1944 by about 250 people. With its hamlets, it comes to 1,300 inhabitants, but its geographical situation, between two locations or the battle was fairly violent earned him to be particularly hard-hit.
About 40 houses, 30 were destroyed and uninhabitable 10. There were also shot 7 random inhabitants.

In the early hours of Wednesday, December 20 the battle raged on the outskirts of the village. The Germans attacked relentlessly. A veritable rain of shells fell on the houses North of the road.
Around 4 p.m., the Americans were forced to withdraw. In the evening, the Germans entered the town among the smoldering ruins of the farms and houses. Residents who had not fled had taken refuge in the caves. At each explosion, they believed that their last hour had come. During the night, several of them left Noville to go into hiding in the nearby woods. This was the case of Mr Beaujean and his family. The next day they returned to the village. The Germans took advantage to make a RAID, picking up all the men that they were

Mr Fernand barani says:
"They told me: climb up there, that is to say towards the centre of the village. '' Alsatian soldier accompanied me. When I got near the communal house, it pushed me toward a group of men who were already gathered, twenty in all. Then, in tight rows, with three soldiers have led us to the communal house. There, they chose at random seven men: the parish priest Louis Delvaux (age 45), teacher Auguste Lutgen (age 45), the two brothers François and Félix Deprez (30 to 35 years), Joseph Rosière (35 years), Romain Henquinet (42 years) and my son Roger Beaujean (21 years).
In a harsh voice, one of the Germans are turning to us, cried: 'you can leave.'
They spoke the french properly, being all of Alsatian origin. I heard that they said seven men: "cross the hands behind the head and follow us."
I even heard a soldier who asked his Chief: ' where will we do that? ''
And the officer pointing a building in ruins, nearby the Church answered: "there, behind. ''
I walked slowly, anxious, directing me to my house. The seven men followed. They were led behind at Jacoby. Suddenly, I heard a shot.
I turned and I saw stagger the priest who came to be shot down by the officer a revolver. Then, a firefight broke out and I live down the other six victims, including my son. I came home appalled. »
A detail has been provided by other witnesses of Noville: all German soldiers wore on the helmet badge in the French colours.

(Editor's Note: German helmets also had an escutcheon, whose waste colors might look like in the French colours.) Was not there, to my knowledge of special helmets with patches of nationalities who fought under German colours, these patches being rather sewn on the jerseys, as the division "Charlemagne", or the "Wallonie")

When later, when thaw melt the layer of snow that covered the tortured corpses, it was found that an eighth body was among those of the seven victims of Noville. It was able to identify it. It was Michel Stranen of Troine (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg). Caught up probably by Germans while trying to get away, he was executed.