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National Geographic Channel to air show filmed at Fort Frederick State Park

Caught by the SS: The Wereth Eleven" documents the final days of 11 African-American soldiers

February 15, 2011

A television program filmed last summer at Fort Frederick Sate Park will air tonight on the National Geographic Channel.

"Caught by the SS: The Wereth Eleven" documents the final days of 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who escaped The 18th Volksgrenadiers after their unit was overrun at the start of the Battle of the Bulge, according to a National Geographic Channel promotion. Their 10-mile trek from their battery position to Wereth, Belgium, led them to take refuge with a Belgian family until a Nazi sympathizer revealed their position to an SS reconnaissance patrol.

The soldiers surrendered, but were taken to a field, where they were tortured and shot on Dec. 17, 1944. The killings were investigated, but never prosecuted.

The program is being aired as part of Black History Month.

Crews filmed a portion of the documentary at Fort Frederick State Park because parts of the area resemble Belgium, Russell Richards, owner and chief executive officer of Historical Entertainment LLC of Cascade, told The Herald-Mail in July.

Historical Entertainment LLC was one of the groups involved with the project.

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"Caught by the SS: The Wereth Eleven" will air Wednesday at 9 p.m., Thursday at 12 a.m., and Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.

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