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Pro-Nazi? Partial to fascism? Sympathetic to Nazism. These are some of the comments that come up. The truth is far from that. This impression was perhaps created because we carry more pictures from German sources. There is a reason for that. The victors (Russia, America, Britain...) tend to give out only those images that show them in good light. And they are dull! Who said propaganda is entertaining? The pictures taken by Germans are very interesting because the source; Nazi Germany itself disappeared. There was no one to control which images were to be released. And they are fascinating. They show war as it was. Not the way someone wanted us to see it.

Also, images of the Wehrmacht are fascinating for the simple reason ( besides, of course, that it was a very formidable fighting force) that the German army was defeated , dismembered, and most of the best soldiers died before WW2 ended.

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When Americans And British (And Other Allies) Went 'Bad' During WW2

Napoleon once observed that "History is a lie agreed upon."

If you believe that the Allied soldiers, American and British soldiers were angels compared to the evil German and Russian soldiers; you are mistaken. (I do not talk of the cruel nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nor of the terror bombing of Dresden in 1944)) World War Two did weird things to all the fighters of all nations. They too had the blood lust. Even the American and British soldiers. Below are instances when the 'good' Allied soldiers went bad. One hardly hears of them. But to be a impartial student of history one has to be single-minded in the devotion to fairness. Other wise it would not be history, but mere western propaganda.
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Among scores of Allied witnesses interviewed for this narrative, almost every one had direct knowledge or even experience of the shooting of German prisoners during the campaign... Many British and American units shot SS prisoners routinely, which explained, as much as the fanatical resistance that the SS so often offered, why so few appeared in POW cages."

Patton wrote in his diary on 4 January 1945: "The Eleventh Armored is very green and took unnecessary losses to no effect. There were also some unfortunate incidents in the shooting of prisoners. I hope we can conceal this."

German resistance continued on into the Fall and "the discipline of even some of the finest U.S. units was cracking," including the famous 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. On 5 November 1944, Eisenhower's driver and girl friend, Kay Summersby, recorded: "General Betts reports that disciplinary conditions in the army are becoming bad. Many cases of rape, murder, and pillage are causing complaints by the French Dutch, etc." A month later, General Leroy Lutes remarked: "The French now grumble that the Americans are a more drunken and disorderly lot than the Germans and hope to see the day when they are liberated from the Americans." Lutes discovered that the Allied propaganda which portrayed the Germans as brutes was untrue: "I am informed the Germans did not loot either residences, stores, or museums. In fact the people claimed that they were meticulously treated by the Army of Occupation." By the end of the war, over 450 GIs were sentenced to death by courts-martial, nearly all for having committed nonmilitary offenses like rape and murder.

In sharp contrast with the picture long held up to us of American GIs being welcomed by a grateful French populace, David Irving ("War Between The Generals") is one of several historians who are casting new light on these events. It seems that far from acting like Boy Scouts out on a mission of mercy, American soldiers terrorized many of the people they were supposed to be liberating from the clutches of the nasty Nazis. As Irving informs his readers: "An ordeal began for the French who stayed behind in Normandy to welcome their liberators. They were liable to be vandalized, robbed, raped, murdered. Indeed, the behavior of GIs throughout liberated Europe was causing apprehension in Washington. The Joint Chiefs reviewed a report from Rome too that conditions now were worse than when the Germans had been there." Following a visit to Caen, B.H. Liddell Hart, the famous British military strategist and historian, pointed out that "Most Frenchmen speak of the correctness of the German Army's behavior. They seem particularly impressed that German soldiers were shot for incivility to women and compare this with the American troops' bad behavior toward women." According to an official U.S. Army report, "Unfortunately most of these undisciplined acts were caused by colored troops."


From cwporter

American author Marguerite Higgins visited Germany during the time in question and later wrote of her experiences. In her book, "News in an singular thing" she described a visit to a GI "Interrogation Center" 

"The GI led us to the main door of the camp...Behind the bars of the cell we saw 3 uniformed Germans. Two of them, beaten and covered with blood, were lying unconscious on the floor. A third German was lifted up by the hair on his head, and I shall never forget, he had red hair like a carrot. A GI turned his body over and struck him in the face. When the victim groaned, the GI roared, "Shut your mouth, damned Kraut!" ....It turned out that for almost a quarter of an hour, the doubled rows of 20 to 30 GI’s stood aligned taking turns methodically beating the six captured Germans...It came out later that the worked-up GI’s had captured six young German boys, who had never even been members of the SS. The youngsters had only recently been inducted into a government work battalion. The boy with the red hair was 14 years old. The other 5 German boys in the cell blocks were between 14 and 17 years old." 

WAFFEN SS POW MISTREATED BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS
January 1945
Two members of the Waffen SS were pulled out of their camouflage holes , led to a hollow and shot. Both of their hands were raised at the time.

A Waffen SS member, K., who was convalescing in a hospital due to a bullet in his lungs, was shot to death by an American soldier as he was being transferred to another hospital in the company of a Red Cross Nurse.

April 1945 

Paderborn. An SS officer is ordered by his interrogators to take off his shirt and undershirt. He is then beaten about the face and back with a whip. An MP extinguishes his lit cigarette on the man’s back. He is then ordered to stand with his face against a wall, while his interrogators press the muzzle of a gun against his neck. A chain is placed around his wrist and twisted until the man collapses from the pain.

Bavaria. A Police General is taken prisoner and led to a cell, where an American soldier holds a pistol to his head and then urinates all over his body.

At a special camp run by the Americans for captured SS and Nazi Party members, a sadistic American Sergeant, Paul Doyle, brutally torments the men under his charge. Daily he beats men into unconsciousness, often breaking their ribs. The men are beaten so frequently and so badly that they have to be hospitalized. One night he enters a cell and beats a man for an exceptionally long period of time. When the victim becomes unconscious, water is thrown into his face to revive him. He is then beaten again. Finally, he is dragged from his cell unconscious. The man is later hospitalized for severe injuries, internal and external. Another SS officer is so badly beaten by Doyle that he later dies of his injuries. Another victim has his head pushed under water for long periods of time and his buttocks so severely whipped that the skin is torn and hanging.

An SS man is beaten repeatedly on the soles of his naked feet.

Two SS men are forced to smear each other’s face with human vomit.

Two SS men are shot to death after they surrender their arms to Americans.

Schesslitz. A deputy Ortsgruppenleiter is beaten bloody by Americans with rubber truncheons and fists about the head. He is then compelled to eat lit cigarettes. In a garden the form of a grave is measured out, then the man is bound hand and foot and is left lying on the floor all night long in a room lit by candle light. The next day the man is ordered to dig a grave and then stand in it, while an American soldier has his picture taken defecating and urinating in the pit.

Two SS men are spat at by an American Sergeant and then kicked in the genitalia until they collapse.

May 1945 

An SS member is burned repeatedly with cigarette butts all over his body.

An SS man is chained by his legs and hung up over a latrine with his head in the toilet.

Altenburg. SS members are forced to completely disrobe. Americans then whip them so badly that they lose consciousness. In that condition they are left lying on the floor.

Herford. A severely wounded SS officer is compelled by the Americans to carry heavy rolls of barbed wire on his naked shoulders, running at double time. The man soon collapses when the skin from his back is ripped from his body.

June 1945 

A group of SS leaders are laden down with heavy stones and then commanded to exercise barefoot over broken stones and gravel, until they collapse and have to be carried away.
Two amputees are bound together with cords and forced to remain standing without any nourishment for 48 hours. Whereupon the "interrogator" Sergeant Wertheim quips: "Now you have two legs."

Cage 22: Prisoners are forced to clean the latrines night after night-with their bare hands.

Cage 23: The American camp Sergeant whiles away the hours by sticking needles into the stomachs of helpless prisoners. Note: The above occurred in camps in France.

July 1945 Stuttgart. A man was dragged out of his bed in the middle of the night by American soldiers because he was accused of being a member of the Allegemeine SS.

He was dragged into the street and cudgeled. One half hour later, he was again dragged out of his bed by 2 Americans and driven to an open field and ordered to get out. The man refused, fearing he would be shot in the back. Consequently he was beaten with rifle butts and fists until he was unconscious. Water was thrown on his face and he regained consciousness, whereby he was again beaten unconscious for a second time. As a result of the attack he suffered broken ribs, gaping head wounds, brain damage, and loss of teeth.


In the vicinity of Munich, Waffen SS members were forced to eat their uniform insignias.
August 1945

In the POW camp Wolfhagen, a severely wounded SS corporal is tortured by Americans in order to extract a confession. He is kicked in the genitals and burned over and over again with lighted cigarettes. The young man is 20 years old.

Weiden. POW camp. Two SS men are handcuffed to each other while interrogators beat them. They are repeatedly struck in the kidneys.

Special mention should be made for the Ziegenhain camp, where we have the identities of the American inquisitors. The methods of torture used were even worse than the above mentioned cases. The chief interrogators at this camp were Inspector Simon, Watson, and Lieutenant Goodman. One of their favorite games was to play "Autobahn", whereby a victim had the hair of his eyebrows and eyelashes cut or ripped out. Later the hair was shoved into the victims mouth or nostrils for long periods of time.

Here are a few more examples of "special treatment":

A machine technician had his head banged into a wall so many times that blood spurted out of his nostrils.

A man was brought in for "interrogation". He was beaten extensively on the hands, face, neck and ears with a rubber truncheon festooned with barbed wire. Afterwards he was struck in the face repeatedly with bare fists. He was forced to stare in blinding lights for hours on end and threatened with hanging or shooting. He had swastikas painted on his neck and forehead.

A victim is forced to swallow a postcard with Hitler’s photo, along with a burning cigarette.

A man is led into one of the torture chambers. There he is compelled to undress and lie in vomit, urine, and filth. He is then compelled to perform acts so disgusting that they shall not be recited here.


MASSACRES BY BRITISH SOLDIERS

NAHRENDORF (Near Hamburg, 1945)

A week after the discovery of the Belsen Concentration Camp, a rumour reached the British Army's 'Desert Rats' that the 18th SS Training Regiment of the Hitler Jugend Division, had shot their prisoners at the nearby village of Rather. The 'Rats' were engaged in a fierce battle with the SS defenders in the village of Nahrendorf. Slowly, and in groups, the SS began to surrender. As the noise of battle died away the villagers emerged from their cellars and found the bodies of 42 SS soldiers lying in a shallow grave. The bodies were then interned on a hilltop cemetery near the village. Each year, hundreds of SS veterans visit the cemetery to pay tribute to their fallen comrades whom, they say, were shot in cold blood on the orders of a ‘crazed blood-thirsty British NCO’. (Perpetrators are honoured, victims are forgotten)

The "London Cage", a MI19 prisoner of war facility in the UK during and immediately after the war, was subject to allegations of torture.

MASSACRE BY AMERICANS

* The Dachau massacre: killing of German prisoners of war and surrendering SS soldiers at the Dachau concentration camp.
* In the Biscari massacre, which consist of two instances of mass murders, U.S. troops of the 45th Infantry Division killed roughly 75 prisoners of war, mostly Italian.
* Operation Teardrop: Eight of the surviving, captured crewmen from the sunk German submarine U-546 are tortured by US military personnel. Historian Philip K. Lundeberg has written that the beating and torture of U-546's survivors was a singular atrocity motivated by the interrogators' need to quickly get information on what the US believed were potential missile attacks on the continental US by German submarines.

 American soldiers killing SS guards at Dachau

In the aftermath of the Malmedy massacre a written order from the HQ of the 328th US Army Infantry Regiment, dated December 21, 1944, stated: No SS troops or paratroopers will be taken prisoner but will be shot on sight. Major-General Raymond Hufft (U.S. Army) gave instructions to his troops not to take prisoners when they crossed the Rhine in 1945. "After the war, when he reflected on the war crimes he authorized, he admitted, 'if the Germans had won, I would have been on trial at Nuremberg instead of them.'" Stephen Ambrose related: "I've interviewed well over 1000 combat veterans. Only one of them said he shot a prisoner... Perhaps as many as one-third of the veterans...however, related incidents in which they saw other GIs shooting unarmed German prisoners who had their hands up."


DACHAU MASSACRE: Closeup of the bodies of SS personnel lying at the base of the tower. Their uniforms are camouflage patterned.
DACHAU MASSACRE: The photograph shows the bodies of six of the guards at the base of Tower B
DACHAU MASSACRE: SS men confer with Gen. Henning Linden during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. Pictured from left to right: SS aide, camp leader Untersturmführer Heinrich Wicker (mostly hidden by the aide), Paul Lévy, a Belgian journalist (person with helmet looking to the left), Dr. Victor Maurer (back), General Henning Linden (person with helmet, looking right) and some U.S. soldiers.


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AN INQUIRY INTO A MASSACRE (From Dachau: The Hour of the Avenger : An Eyewitness Account by HOWARD A. BUECHNER)


Date: 5 May 1945. By: Lt. Col. Joseph M. Whitaker, IGD, 

Asst. Inspector General, Seventh Army. 

The witness was sworn. 

363 Q Please state your name, rank, serial number and organization

A Howard E. Buchner, 1st Lieutenant, MC, 0-435481, 3rd Bn., 157th Infantry. 

(The witness was advised of his rights under the 24th Article of War.) 

364 Q Do you remember the taking of the Dachau Concentration Camp? 

A Yes, sir. 

365 Q Were you the surgeon of the 3rd Battalion, 157th Infantry, at that time? 

A Yes, sir

366 Q Did you see or visit a yard by the power plant where some German soldiers had been shot? 

A I did, sir. 

367 Q Can you fix the hour at which you saw this? 

A Not with certainty, but I would judge about 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon. 

368 Q Of what day? 

A I can't give the exact date. 

369 Q Describe to me what you saw when you visited this yard. 

A We learned that one of our companies had gone through the camp and that it was something to see out there. So, we got on one of the peeps to visit there and we were detained for some time by the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry, because he didn't know whether the place had been cleared. When we got there we saw a quadrangular enclosure, there was a cement wall about ten feet high and inside this enclosure I saw 15 or 16 dead and wounded German soldiers lying along the wall. 

370 Q Did you determine which were dead and which were wounded? 

A I did not examine any of them, sir, but I saw several of them moving very slightly. 

371 Q Did you make any examination to determine whether or not those who were not dead could be saved? 

A I did not. 

372 Q Was there any guard there? 

A There was a soldier standing at the entrance of this yard whom I assumed to be a guard. 

373 Q Do you know the soldier or what company he was from? 

A No, sir. 

374 Q Do you know whether or not any medical attention was called for these wounded German soldiers? 

A I do not.

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Near the French village of Audouville-la-Hubert 30 German Wehrmacht prisoners were massacred by U.S. paratroopers.

VIDEO: AMERICAN SOLDIERS KILL GERMAN POW

Historian Peter Lieb has found that many US and Canadian units were ordered to not take prisoners during the D-Day landings in Normandy. If this view is correct it may explain the fate of 64 German prisoners (out of 130 captured) who did not make it to the POW collecting point on Omaha Beach on D-Day.

According to an article in Der Spiegel by Klaus Wiegrefe, many personal memoirs of Allied soldiers have been willfully ignored by historians until now because they were at odds with the "Greatest Generation" mythology surrounding WWII, but this has recently started to change with books such as "The Day of Battle" by Rick Atkinson where he describes Allied war crimes in Italy, and "D-Day: The Battle for Normandy," by Anthony Beevor. Beevor's latest work is currently discussed by scholars, and should some of them be proven right that means that Allied war crimes in Normandy were much more extensive "than was previously realized".

A SURVIVOR OF THE DACHAU MASSACRE RECOLLECTS (Source)

A survivor of the Dachau Massacre was Hans Linberger, who was one of the German soldiers that were forced out of the SS hospital and lined up against a wall to be shot. In the photograph below, which shows the scene of the shooting, the hospital building is on the right.


The following article about Hans Linberger was written by T. Pauli for Berkenkruis in October 1988. 


Berkenkruis is the magazine of the veterans of the Flemish SS volunteers in World War II; T. Pauli was the chairman of the group in 1988 when this article was published. Pauli quoted from the testimony given to the German Red Cross by Hans Linberger.


Begin quote from article in Berkenkruis, October 1988, by T. Pauli:


Hans LINBERGER was wounded east of Kiev when an AT-gun blew away his left arm and covered his body with shrapnel. It was his fourth wound. After a long stay in the hospital he was posted to the Reserve-Kompanie at Dachau, on the 9th of March 1945.


On the 9th of April, 1945, the heavily wounded laid down their weapons; they were no longer suited to be put into action. They reported themselves to the head of the hospital, Dr. SCHRÖDER, who sent them to the barracks. Evacuated women and children were present in barrack right next to it. Preparations to be evacuated were made, doctors, staff and caretaking personnel all wore white coats and the German Red Cross-armband.


Occasional battle noise was heard from SCHLEISSHEIM that day (April 29, 1945), but around 4:30 PM things got quiet again. When suddenly single gunshots were to be heard, LINBERGER went, holding a small Red Cross-flag, to the entrance (of the hospital). (This occurred around noon.) As could be seen from his empty left sleeve, he was badly injured. To the Americans, who were pushing forward in battle-like style, he declared that this was an unarmed hospital.


One Ami (sic) placed his MP against his chest and hit him in the face. Another one said "You fight Ruski, you no good". The Ami (sic) who placed the MP (Machine Pistol) against his chest went into the hospital and immediately shot a wounded man, who fell down to the ground motionless. When SCHRÖDER wanted to surrender, he was beaten so hard that he received a skull fracture. (Ami was German slang for an American.)
The Americans drove everyone out to the main place and sorted out anyone who looked like SS. All of the SS men were then taken to the back of the central heating building and placed against the wall. A MG (Machine gun) was posted and war correspondents came to film and photograph the lined up men.
Here begins SS-Oberscharführer Hans Linberger's testimony, under oath to the DRK (German Red Cross), about the following events:


The comrade who was standing right beside me fell on top of me with a last cry - "Aww, the pigs are shooting at my stomach" - as I let myself fall immediately. To me it didn't matter if they would hit me standing or lying down. As such I only got the blood of the dead one, who was bleeding badly from the stomach, across my head and face, so I looked badly wounded. During the pause in the shooting, which can only be explained by the arrival of drunken KZ-prisoners, who, armed with spades, came looking for a man named WEISS. Several of them (the wounded soldiers) crawled forward to the Americans and tried to tell them that they were foreigners, others tried to say that they never had anything to do with the camps. Yet this man WEISS said: "Stay calm, we die for Germany". Oscha. (Oberscharführer) JÄGER asked me, while lying down, if I had been hit, which I had to deny. He was shot through the lower right arm. I quickly gave him a piece of chocolate, as we were awaiting a shot in the neck. A man wearing a Red Cross armband came to us, threw us some razor blades and said "There, finish it yourself". JÄGER cut the wrist of his shot arm, I cut the left one, and when he wanted to use the blade on me, an American officer arrived with Dr. SCHRÖDER, who could barely keep himself standing, and the shooting was stopped. This allowed us to drag away the wounded. I remember a comrade with a shot in the stomach, who came to us at Dachau, in a room of café Hörhammer, where all possible troops were mixed together. On the road, we were spit upon and cursed at by looters from the troop barracks who wished we would all be hung. During this action (sic) 12 dead were left nameless. As I later found out, documents and name tags had been removed on American orders, and a commando (work party) of German soldiers were supposed to have buried these dead in an unknown location. During the shooting, the wife of a Dr. MÜLLER, with whom I had been in correspondencer years before, had poisoned herself and her two children. I was able to find the grave of these persons. In this grave supposedly are buried 8 more SS-members, including an Oscha. MAIER. MAIER had an amputated leg and was shot in another area of the hospital terrain adjacent to the hospital wall. He lay there with a shot in his stomach and asked Miss STEINMANN to kill him, since he could not bear the pain any longer. His dying relieved Miss STEINMANN from completing the last wish of this comrade. In the proximity of the hospital/mortuary were probably other comrades executed at the walls, as I later found traces of gunfire there.


Later, as a prisoner of war, I was pointed to a grave in the same hospital terrain, by the wife of a former KZ-prisoner, who on All Saints Day in 1946 (November 1st) came near the fence and, while crying, remembered some children buried in the grave. The children must have died after the collapse (Zusammenbruch) when the Americans took over the camp. Further, comrades from the Waffen-SS are buried in the same grave, as could be concluded from a message of the Suchdienst (the German MIA tracing service).


AMERICAN BRUTALITY IN THE PACIFIC


American soldiers in the Pacific often deliberately killed Japanese soldiers who had surrendered. According to Richard Aldrich, who has published a study of the diaries kept by United States and Australian soldiers, they sometimes massacred prisoners of war. Dower states that in "many instances ... Japanese who did become prisoners were killed on the spot or en route to prison compounds." According to Aldrich it was common practice for U.S. troops not to take prisoners. This analysis is supported by British historian Niall Ferguson, who also says that, in 1943, "a secret [U. S.] intelligence report noted that only the promise of ice cream and three days leave would ... induce American troops not to kill surrendering Japanese."

Ferguson states such practices played a role in the ratio of Japanese prisoners to dead being 1:100 in late 1944. That same year, efforts were taken by Allied high commanders to suppress "take no prisoners" attitudes, among their own personnel (as these were affecting intelligence gathering) and to encourage Japanese soldiers to surrender. Ferguson adds that measures by Allied commanders to improve the ratio of Japanese prisoners to Japanese dead, resulted in it reaching 1:7, by mid-1945. Nevertheless, taking no prisoners was still standard practice among U. S. troops at the Battle of Okinawa, in April–June 1945.

Ulrich Straus, a U.S. Japanologist, suggests that frontline troops intensely hated Japanese military personnel and were "not easily persuaded" to take or protect prisoners, as they believed that Allied personnel who surrendered, got "no mercy" from the Japanese. Allied soldiers believed that Japanese soldiers were inclined to feign surrender, in order to make surprise attacks. Therefore, according to Straus, "[s]enior officers opposed the taking of prisoners[,] on the grounds that it needlessly exposed American troops to risks..." When prisoners nevertheless were taken at Gualdacanal, interrogator Army Captain Burden noted that many times these were shot during transport because "it was too much bother to take him in".

Ferguson suggests that "it was not only the fear of disciplinary action or of dishonor that deterred German and Japanese soldiers from surrendering. More important for most soldiers was the perception that prisoners would be killed by the enemy anyway, and so one might as well fight on."

U. S. historian James J. Weingartner attributes the very low number of Japanese in U.S. POW compounds to two important factors, a Japanese reluctance to surrender and a widespread American "conviction that the Japanese were "animals" or "subhuman'" and unworthy of the normal treatment accorded to POWs. The latter reason is supported by Ferguson, who says that "Allied troops often saw the Japanese in the same way that Germans regarded Russians—as Untermenschen."


Source


AMERICAN SOLDIERS: STARVATION AT REMADEN

After the capture of the Remagen Bridge, the US Army hastily erected around 19 Prisoner of War cages around the bridge-head to hold an estimated one million prisoners. The camps were simply open fields surrounded by concertina wire. Those at the Rhine Meadows were situated at Remagen, Bad Kreuznach, Andernach, Buderich, Rheinbach and Sinzig. The German prisoners were hopeful of good treatment from the GIs but in this they were sadly disappointed. Herded into the open spaces like cattle, some were beaten and mistreated. No tents or toilets were supplied. The camps became huge latrines, a sea of urine from one end to the other. They had to sleep in holes in the ground which they dug with their bare hands. In the Bad Kreuznach cage, 560,000 men were interned in an area that could only comfortably hold 45,000. Denied enough food and water, they were forced to eat the grass under their feet and the camps soon became a sea of mud. After the concentration camps were discovered, their treatment became worse as the GIs vented their rage on the hapless prisoners.

In the five camps around Bretzenheim, prisoners had to survive on 600-850 calories per day. With bloated bellies and teeth falling out, they died by the thousands. During the two and a half months (April-May, 1945) when the camps were under American control, a total of 18,100 prisoners died from malnutrition, disease and exposure. This extremely harsh treatment at the hands of the Americans resulted in the deaths of over 50,000 German prisoners-of-war in the Rhine Meadows camps alone in the months just before and after the war ended.

Source 


'SICK' BEHAVIOUR OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS

Some Allied soldiers collected Japanese body parts. The incidence of this by American personnel occurred on "a scale large enough to concern the Allied military authorities throughout the conflict and was widely reported and commented on in the American and Japanese wartime press."

The collection of Japanese body parts began quite early in the war, prompting a September 1942 order for disciplinary action against such souvenir taking. Harrison concludes that, since this was the first real opportunity to take such items (the Battle of Guadalcanal), "[c]learly, the collection of body parts on a scale large enough to concern the military authorities had started as soon as the first living or dead Japanese bodies were encountered."

When Japanese remains were repatriated from the Mariana Islands after the war, roughly 60 percent were missing their skulls.

In a memorandum dated June 13, 1944, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) asserted that "such atrocious and brutal policies," in addition to being repugnant, were violations of the laws of war, and recommended the distribution to all commanders of a directive pointing out that "the maltreatment of enemy war dead was a blatant violation of the 1929 Geneva Convention on the sick and wounded, which provided that: After every engagement, the belligerent who remains in possession of the field shall take measures to search for wounded and the dead and to protect them from robbery and ill treatment."

 American sailor with a Japanese skull

These practises were in addition also in violation of the unwritten customary rules of land warfare and could lead to the death penalty. The U.S. Navy JAG mirrored that opinion one week later, and also added that "the atrocious conduct of which some US personnel were guilty could lead to retaliation by the Japanese which would be justified under international law".

THE DACHAU KILLINGS (April, 1945)

The Dachau Concentration Camp, near Munich, was liberated by US forces on the 29th. of April, 1945. First to enter the camp and confront the horror within was Private First Class John Degro, the lead scout of Company 1, 3rd Battalion, 157 Infantry Regiment, 45th Division of the US 7th Army. Prior to entering the camp, the troops had come upon a train of thirty nine cattle trucks parked just outside the camp. The train had come from Auschwitz in Poland after a journey of thirty days. The trucks were filled with the corpses of 2,310 Hungarian and Polish Jews who had died from hunger and thirst. Enraged, the Americans rounded up most of the SS guard complement of 560 men, hundreds of whom had already deserted. Included in the round-up was a detachment from the 5th SS Panzer 'Viking' Division sent to Dachau earlier to maintain security and replace those who had deserted. Guarded by angry GIs, one group of guards were lined up against a wall to await the appearance of their commander, SS Obersturmfüher Heindrich Skodzensky.

When he appeared, dressed immaculately with polished boots, and giving the military salute, which was ignored by the US company commander, Lt. William Jackson, who ordered "Line this piece of shit up with the rest of 'em over there". The GIs lost control and began shouting 'Kill em, kill em'. Filled with murderous rage and with tears streaming down his face, one GI of the 15th Infantry Regiment, opened fire with his machine-gun. After three bursts of raking fire, a total of 122 SS men lay dead or dying along the base of the wall. A few of the camp inmates, dressed in the familiar striped clothing and armed with .45 caliber pistols, then walked along the line of dead and dying guards and administrated the coup de grace to those still alive. Forty other guards were killed by revengeful inmates, some having their arms and legs torn apart. At another site near the SS hospital, hundreds of German guards were machine gunned to death on the orders of the executive officer of Company 1, 3rd Battalion. Altogether, a total of 520 persons, acting as camp and tower guards, including many Hungarians in German uniforms and recently returned from the Eastern Front, were killed that day. The sad fact is that many of these guards were new arrivals at the camp and were not the real culprits, the truly guilty had already fled. (Controversy rages to this day over just how many camp guards were killed at Dachau and different units of the US Army are still claiming the title 'First Liberators')

THE WEBLING ATROCITY (April, 1945)



On the same day that the Dachau Concentration Camp was discovered, a massacre took place in the little hamlet of Webling about ten kilometres from the camp. A Waffen-SS unit had arrived at the hamlet, which consisted of about half a dozen farm houses, barns and the Chapel of St. Leonhard, to take up defensive positions in trenches dug around the farms by French P.O.W. workers. Their orders were to delay the advance of American tanks of the 20th Armoured Division and infantry units of the 7th US Army which was approaching Dachau. 
The farms, mostly run by women (whose husbands were either dead, prisoners of war or still fighting) with the help of French POWs, came under fire on the morning of 29th April causing all inhabitants to rush for the cellars. One soldier of Company F of the US 222nd Infantry Regiment of the 42nd Rainbow Division, was killed as they entered the hamlet under fire from the Waffen-SS unit. The first German to emerge from the cellar was the owner of the farm, Herr Furtmayer. Informed by the French POWs that only civilians, not SS, were in hiding in the cellers, the GIs proceeded to round up the men of the SS unit. 
First to surrender was an officer, Freiherr von Truchsess, heading a detachment of seventeen men. The officer was immediately struck with a trenching tool splitting his head open. The other seventeen were lined up in the farmyard and shot. On a slight rise behind the hamlet, another group of eight SS were shot. Their bodies were found lying in a straight line with their weapons and ammunition belts neatly laid on the ground. This would suggest that the men were shot after they surrendered. Altogether, one SS officer and forty one men lay dead as the infantry regiment proceeded on their way towards Dachau. Next day the local people, with the help of the French POWs, buried the bodies in a field to be later exhumed by the German War Graves Commission and returned to their families.

DRESDEN (February 13/14, 1945)

This city of culture is situated on both sides of the Elbe river. Of no tactical or strategic value to the German war effort it was considered 'safe' from destruction by air attacks. By 1945 it became a shelter for some 350,000 refugees fleeing from the approaching Red Army. At the Yalta conference Stalin requested more action against cities such as Berlin, Leipzig and Chemnitz. No mention was made of Dresden. The fact that Dresden was chosen was because the Russians at that time were only fifty kilometres away from the city, much nearer to Dresden than than they were to Berlin, Leipzig or Chemnitz. No doubt Churchill was eager to impress the Soviet leader, Stalin. RAF and USAAF bombers devastated the city in the most concentrated incendiary attack of the war in Europe (Operation Thunderclap) In all, 733 British bombers dropped 1,478 tons of high explosive bombs and 1,182 tons of incendiary bombs and 311 US Flying Fortresses dropped 771 tons of bombs on the city. Around 35,000 persons were reported as 'missing' after the fire-storm which engulfed the city and destroyed eleven square miles of its center including 14,000 houses, 22 hospitals, 72 schools and 31 department stores. By the 10th of March, 18,375 dead and 2,212 seriously injured were accounted for. The final death toll was expected to reach 25,000.

 In one of the city squares 6,865 bodies were cremated. Thousands of British and American prisoners-of-war were on work detail in the city from the large POW camp Stalag IVb at nearby Muehlberg. Casualties among the prisoners were fewer than a hundred. Around 200,000 refugees from the east were camped in the city's 'Grosser Garten'. It was estimated that about 1,300,000 people were in the city as the raid started. The toll would have been much higher had not some bomber crews, knowing that thousands of refugees were in the city, deliberately jettisoned their bomb loads wide of the mark. It is doubtful that the air attack on Dresden shortened the war by even one day. At this point of the war, Germany was on the brink of collapse so why give the still twitching corpse this one final brutal kick? Churchill was later to say "The destruction of Dresden remains a serious query against the conduct of Allied bombing". In 1956, Dresden in Germany and Coventry in England, (1,236 deaths) entered a twin-town relationship. (In 1956, the German Statistical Office estimated that German civilian dead, due to air raids throughout the war, to be around 410,000)

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THE EXPULSION TRAGEDY

The merciless revenge perpetrated on the entire German civilian population of Eastern Europe during the closing stages of the war, and for many months after, took the lives of over 2,100,000 ethnic German men, women and children. For generations these Germans had lived and toiled in areas that today are part of central and Eastern Europe. Around fifteen million of these Volksdeutsche were driven from their homes and ancestral lands in Poland, East Prussia, Silesia, Ukraine, Belarus and Serbia and forced back into the Allied occupied zones of Germany.

This was the greatest forcible evacuation of people in European history. It is estimated that of the eight million Germans expelled from Poland around 1,600,000 died in the process. In Czechoslovakia, memories of the Lidice massacre inspired acts of revenge against German soldiers and civilians. Soldiers were disarmed, tied to stakes, doused with petrol and set alight. Wounded German soldiers in hospital were shot in their beds, others were hung up on lamposts in Wenzell Square and fires were lit beneath them so that they died the gruesome death of being roasted alive. These ethnic Germans lived in fear of the Russians but no one thought that the dreadful fate which awaited them would not even emanate from the Soviets at all but from their own neighbours, the Czechs!

Thousands of innocent German residents were murdered in their homes by the Czechs, others were forced into interment camps where they were beaten and maltreated before being expelled. Bishop Beranek of Prague declared: 'If a Czech comes to me and confesses to having killed a German, I absolve him immediately'. The Americans, utterly blind to the political consequences of allowing the Soviets to liberate Czechoslovakia, halted at the Karlsbad-Pilsen-Budweis line. The Sudeten Germans now had no protection from the torrent of bestiality vented on them by the Czechs. In Brno, 25,000 German civilians were forced marched at gun-point to the Austrian border. There, the Austrian guards refused them entry, the Czech guards refused to re-admit them. Herded into an open field they died by the hundreds from hunger and cold before being rescued by the US 16th Tank Division on May 8th 1945. In the Russian occupied zones of Eastern Europe and in Germany, hundreds of thousands of civilian men and women, Poles, Czechs, Romanians and Germans, were transported to the Urals in the Soviet Union and used as slave labourers until released in the late 40s. Mostly ignored by the world's press, the unimaginable suffering experienced by the expellees is largely unknown outside Germany, yet it was systematically carried out in a brutal fashion as official Allied policy in accordance with the decisions formulated at Yalta and Potsdam.

RAMPAGE ON MONTE CASSINO

Monte Cassino fell to the Allies on May 18, 1944. After a four month struggle and the abbey bombed into ruins by the US Air Force, Polish troops of the 12th Lancers, 3rd Carpathian Division, raised their regimental flag over the ruins of the 6th century Benedictine Monastery situated high in the Apennines of central Italy. The next night thousands of French Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian and Senegalese troops, attached to the French Expeditionary Corps, swarmed over the slopes of the hills surrounding Monte Cassino and in the villages of Ciociaria and Esperia, which is in the region of Lazio, raped every woman and girl that came within their sight. Over 2,000 women, ranging in age from 11 years to 86 years suffered at the hands of these gang-raping soldiers as village after village was entered. Menfolk who tried to protect their wives and daughters were murdered without mercy, around 800 of them died. Two sisters aged 15 and 18 were raped by dozens of soldiers each. One died from the abuse, the other was still in a mental hospital in 1997, 53 years after the event. Most of the dwellings in the villages were destroyed and everything of value was stolen.

Later in the war, these same troops raped around 500 women in the Black Forrest town of Freudenstadt, on April 17, 1945, after its capture. In Stuttgart, colonial French troops, mostly African, but under the command of General Eisenhower, rounded up around 2,000 women and herded them into the underground subways to be raped. In one week more women were raped in Stuttgart than in the whole of France during the four year German occupation. 

ALLIED ATROCITIES

Allied troops, as well as Axis troops, committed terrible atrocities during the war. Some years after the war a mass grave was discovered just west of the city of Nuremberg. In it were the bodies of some 200 SS soldiers. It was not until 1976 that one of the bodies was positively identified. It was the body of SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Kukula, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 38th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment. Autopsies on the other bodies showed that most had been shot at close range, the others beaten to death by the rifle butts of the US Seventh Army GIs. In the village of Eberstetten, 17 German soldiers of the 'Gotz von Berlichingen' Division were shot after they surrendered to US troops.

On April 8, 1945, fourteen members of the 116th Panzer Division were marched through the streets of Budberg to the command post of the US 95th Infantry Division. There, they were lined up and shot. Three were wounded but managed to escape.

On April 13, 1945, tanks of the US 97th or 78th Infantry Division were approaching the village of Spitze about fifteen miles east of Cologne. They came under fire from a 8.8 anti-tank gun which disabled one of the tanks. That night, the village was pounded by tank and artillery fire and at daybreak the US forces entered the village. All the inhabitants, about eighty, were gathered together in front of the church. Included in the eighty were twenty German soldiers, members of an anti-aircraft unit stationed in the village. They were separated from the civilians and marched several hundred yards to a field just outside the village. There, they were lined up and mowed down by machine-gun fire. Next day the US Army ordered the civilians to dig graves and bury the dead. On April 14, 1995, a memorial for the twenty victims was built near the spot.



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At the village of Chenogne in Belgium a group of twenty-one German soldiers emerged from a burning building carrying a Red Cross flag. Their intention was to surrender to the US forces but as they exited the doorway they were shot down by machine-gun and small arms fire. This happened soon after the Malmedy Massacre on December 17, 1944.

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During the Allied assault on Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, (July, 1943) a dozen unarmed civilians, including some children, were apprehended by US troops after the town of Canicatti surrendered. The civilians were reported to be looting after they had entered a bombed out soap and food factory and were filling buckets with liquid soap that had spilled on the ground. At around 6pm, when an American officer, a lieutenant-colonel, and a group Military Police, accompanied by three interpreters, entered the factory the officer fired a series of shots from his automatic Colt-45 point blank into the crowd. He reloaded and fired again. Eight of the civilians, including an eleven year old girl, died. The officer and soldiers then drove off. Fearing reprisals from the residents of the town, the incident was hushed up for over sixty years. Due to the efforts of Dr. Joseph S. Salemi of New York University, this atrocity was brought to light. The perpetrator of this crime, Lieutenant Colonel McCaffery, died in 1954.


CANADIANS


During the fighting at Leonforte in July 1943, according to Mitcham and von Stauffenberg in the book The Battle of Sicily, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment killed captured German prisoners.

Kurt Meyer, of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, accused Canadian forces of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division during the 1944 Normandy campaign of breaching the Hague Conventions. He claims that on 7 June notes were found that ordered no prisoners to be taken, information confirmed by Canadian infantry under interrogation; that prisoners were not to be taken if they hindered operations. Hubert Meyer also confirms this story; he states that on 8 June a Canadian notebook was found that contained orders to not take prisoners if they impeded the attacking force. Kurt Meyer also calls upon evidence from Bernhard Siebken’s war crimes trial during which the allegation was made that Canadian infantry shot, on at least one occasion, German soldiers who had surrendered during the campaign.

C.P. Stacey, the Canadian official campaign historian, reports that on 14 April 1945 rumours had been spread that the commanding officer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada had been killed by a civilian sniper; this resulted in the highlanders setting fire to civilian property within the town of Friesoythe in a case of reprisal. Stacey later wrote that the highlanders first removed German civilians from their property before setting the houses on fire, he commented that he was "glad to say that [he] never heard of another such case".

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AMERICANS KILLED MEN OF SS TOTENKOPF IN 1945

When the Totenkopf surrendered (to the Americans) they were turned over to the Soviets Linz in 1945. Those who were wounded or simply too exhausted to make it to Pregarten were executed by the Americans along the way (some 80 in all suffered this fate).

MORE ON THE DACHAU MASSACRE, APRIL 29, 1945
The incident was investigated by Lt. Col. Joseph Whitaker, the Seventh Army's Assistant Inspector General. A report on the "Investigation of Alleged Mistreatment of German Guards at Dachau" was filed on June 8, 1945. It was marked secret, but the contents were later revealed to the public in 1991. A copy of the report is included in Col. John H. Linden's book "The Surrender of Dachau 29 April 1945." The paragraphs below, from the Secret Report, pertain to the Execution of German soldiers by members of the 45th Division.

Dan Dougherty was a 19-year-old soldier with C Company, which was ordered to relieve I Company after the SS soldiers were killed. In an interview in April 2005 with Jennifer Upshaw, Assistant City Editor of the Marin Independent Journal in Marin County, California, Dougherty said that the men of I company had "gone berserk" under the strain. 

"They became very emotional, crying," Dougherty said. "We went in to relieve them. They'd walked along that same train of boxcars. We came to the coal yard. It was a strange sight because here are about 10 reporters standing in this courtyard around corpses of SS officers." An estimated 200 to 300 SS guards were rounded up - two to three dozen were "killed unnecessarily," Dougherty said. "I Company, we now know they got there about noon and at 2 p.m. arrived at the southwest corner and worked over to the east side where the prison was. They were holding the prisoners of war in the coal yard. We know there something happened. About 17 (guards) were shot." Dougherty said he has learned through his research a U.S. Army private insisted the group had fired at the guards in self defense, although the company's commanding officer said the group was not provoked. "I think it haunted some of them," he said. No one was ever charged with a crime, he said.


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In a previous interview with Ronnie Cohen of the Jewish Weekly News of Northern California in April 2001, Dougherty said that, soon after he arrived at Dachau, he had seen about 10 reporters staring at a pile of corpses. The following is a quote from Dougherty in this article:
"This mound of corpses was about 2 or 3 feet high and 15 feet across. And they were SS. One of the corporals in my company whips out a hunting knife and cuts a finger off one of the bodies. He wanted an SS ring for a souvenir."

Herbert Stolpmann was a German POW who worked for the US military at Dachau after the liberation. In an e-mail letter to me, Stolpmann wrote:
When American Troops "liberated" Camp Dachau proper, they forced all the SS-families, including women and children, out of the so-called villas, put their fathers against the wall and shot them. Most of the mothers had cyanide capsules; they gave them to their children and told them, put them into their mouths, bite onto them as soon as Daddy is shot. The American "Liberators" stopped the shooting after about 24 children were dead.

The American soldiers who were involved in the Dachau massacre were court-martialled, but the papers were torn up and then burned by General George S. Patton, Commander of the US Third Army. The Dachau massacre was kept secret until 1991 when information was finally released. 
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KILLINGS BY BRITISH SOLDIERS: NAHRENDORF

(Near Hamburg. 1945) A week after the discovery of the Belsen Concentration Camp, the news reached the British Army's 'Desert Rats' that the 18th SS Training Regiment of the Hitler Jugend Division, had shot their prisoners at nearby Rethem. The 'Rats' were engaged in a fierce battle with the SS defenders in the village of Nahrendorf. Slowly, and in groups, the SS began to surrender. As the noise of battle died away the villagers emerged from their cellars and found the bodies of 42 SS soldiers lying in a shallow grave. The bodies were then interned on a hilltop cemetery near the village. Each year, hundreds of SS veterans visit the cemetery to pay tribute to their fallen comrades whom, they say, were shot in cold blood on the orders of a ‘crazed blood-thirsty British NCO’. 
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THE FRENCH PEOPLE THOUGHT THE GERMANS WERE BETTER........

German resistance continued on into the Fall and "the discipline of even some of the finest U.S. units was cracking," including the famous 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. On 5 November 1944, Eisenhower's driver and girl friend, Kay Summersby, recorded: "General Betts reports that disciplinary conditions in the army are becoming bad. Many cases of rape, murder, and pillage are causing complaints by the French Dutch, etc." A month later, General Leroy Lutes remarked: "The French now grumble that the Americans are a more drunken and disorderly lot than the Germans and hope to see the day when they are liberated from the Americans." Lutes discovered that the Allied propaganda which portrayed the Germans as brutes was untrue: "I am informed the Germans did not loot either residences, stores, or museums. In fact the people claimed that they were meticulously treated by the Army of Occupation." By the end of the war, over 450 GIs were sentenced to death by courts-martial, nearly all for having committed nonmilitary offenses like rape and murder.

46 Comments:

Anonymous said...

My grandad fought with the 8TH army in the desert and came home alive otherwise I wouldnt be here. I have the upmost respect for all allied soldiers and I condone every german and jap bastard they killed im what ever way. How anyone can complain about what the allies did to them is beyond belief when you compare what those bastards did to us. We won because we were in the right and they deserved every thing they got and more. The nazis and japs were evil bastards and I hope they rot in hell for all eternity. Dave in SHEFFIELD ENGLAND

Anonymous said...

that a s fascist way of thinking dave

Norman said...

Killing the SS guards at Dachau was a good, positive thing for humanity. I reject your defense of these animals. I wish I was 60 years younger and had a chance to shoot them myself.
I am sure a small number or regular weirmacht soldiers were killed unlawfully while held as prisoners, this is unfortunate and I regret it.
I ask the editors of this site; would you rather be captured by the SS or American/British troops?

Respectfully,
Norman, Boston Massachusetts.

Anonymous said...

Norman: From what I understand, most of the "guards" murdered by the 45th ID at Dachau *weren't* actually guards. The guard personnel had (not surprisingly) mostly fled as the Allies approached, and the detachment of SS combat troops which happened to be retreating through the neighborhood was ordered to the camp to keep order -- just in time to surrender to the Americans, who then killed them.

Anonymous said...

do you know the diferences between them and you? None.
You would killed them if you could, and why? just that you belive that is the best thing you can do. Like nazis belive that the kill jews because is better a live without them.
congratulations.
Nice article, thaks for showing ALL the point of the war and crimes.

Anonymous said...

In the broader scheme of things, the Americans and British were right. BUT, on the ground, at that time, their soldiers only KNEW they were right because their governments TOLD THEM they were right.
It is worth considering that the German and Japanese governments told their soldiers the same thing, that they were justified and RIGHT in what they did.
Keep in mind that the American and British governments were allied with Stalin's regime, and at that time told their soldiers that the Russian government was right, even though they knew even then what Stalin was really about, and that war with Russia was an eventuality.
For that reason, most citizens and ordinary soldiers should not be executed for the sins of their governments.
To condone the random execution of Axis soldiers in the name of what's RIGHT, is the same as condoning the execution of Allied soldiers.
Dave, what would you be saying now if your Grandad, all credit to his heroism and sacrifice, had been born in Germany instead?
Conor.

Anonymous said...

Norman, someone has alrady commented on this but got it wrong as well. The germans macj\hine gunned at Dachau were actually soldiers in the hospital next to the concentration camp - it was all one compound. For what its worth though the reports and photographs indicate that there was only one american who did the shooting and he was quickly overpowered by his irate commander and others. There is some suggestion that the shooter thought the germans were moving towards the americans and opened fire in fear.

Other than this I think no German or Japanese person has the right t complain about what happened to them during the war, given the totally out of proportion suffering that they inflicted on so many others for no reason - and I include Dresden and the atom bombs in that. Okinawa proved that the japanese would have killed many more without atom bombs. And the Germans were literally completely overrun and never stopped before that. It was Germany's choice to start the war and it was the German peoples' choice to keep it going. Its that simple.

Anonymous said...

All the American,British,Soviet and Allied murdering scum who killed German POW's should be brought to trial and jailed, including their commanders.A lot of this filth are alive today and should pay the consequences.No stone is left unturned when hunting down a German perpetrator. It should be the same for these Allied murderers.But of course it's called Victors' Justice, and no-one on the Allied side will be brought to justice. CRIMINAL!!!

Anonymous said...

People who think there are rules in war of any sort seem to make up the majority
these days and it quite frankly scares me to the core. Atrocity is a reality in war, there is no such thing as "fair" and winning means ridding the opposition of its whole reason for existing to fight for anything they believed in. Men, women, children the lot. Total and utter submission. And if anybody thinks this isn't how its done they are living in fairy land.

Diana said...

Seeing still all this hatred here towards Japan and Germany makes me realize : you are NOT better than others - after 60 years and nothing learned , yet.
People like you would use any opportunity kill and torture people for the past of their countries .
my grandmother was raped by a black GI - she was threatened to kill my mum . my dad was shot from planes on his way to school - they deserved it ? NO !
Japan and Germany doesnt invade other countries like the US and Brits do . so who is worse ? those who learned or those who keep hatred alive ?
Dont forget both countries were under a fascist regime. what do Brits and US people know about this ? Nothing !
war is cool as it is not in your country, right ?

IN WAR NOBODY CAN WIN !

By the way : very good report !

Anonymous said...

im so tired of hearing how brave and wonderful the german army was.any army can accomplish productivity when they are forcing others to be their slaves.They got their butts kicked in because they were cowards.They looked great killing defenseless women and children,but once they went up against a real and equipped army,they fled and fought a style of tactical retreat all the way back to germany.Pure cowards each and everyone of them.the whole country should have been put into a concentration camp and the whole race destroyed like they tried to do to the unsuspecting countries they invaded.total eradication of them is what they deserved,and if it wasnt for the threat of a spreading communism then thats what we would have done to them.
pure total pussys the german army was.very good at retreat though.
now all they do is whine like the defenseless women and children they murdered.

Anonymous said...

It's funny how the British and the Americans want to investigate the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka while all these atrocities went unnoticed and without trial. Would Channel 4 make a documentary regarding these evidence? NO! Simply because it's not attractive to the wider Western/British audience! Hypocrisy at its best!

Charlie (Glasgow) said...

i don't know about the other German soldiers but through research that i did I've seen the hanging one he is Amonn Goeth petraid in the film Schindler's list. He went on the run only to be captured and stood trial for his war crimes seemingly he was over 6 foot tall and the rope used was to long and took 3 attempts to get it right.The Jewish girl Helen in the film that he abused and beat and used as his house slave survived the war and stood as one of the main witnesses against him at the trial as most of his other victims were killed and in 1980 took part in a documentary called inheritance were she returned to the site of the camp to confront Goeths daughter Monica who seen him as a loyal officer .

Anonymous said...

when the nazis are being tried for their war crimes,why not the allies,a crime is a crime,or is it that the allies are above the law,or when they kill surrendered soldiers they r doing the "right thing"?

Anonymous said...

The winners write the history.Germany did not start the war,if you want to know the truth just go to ' Sweet Liberty' web site and look at 'How wars are made' prepare youself for a lot of reading you will be surprised to find who the instigators really where!!!!

Anonymous said...

Information on Allied crimes during the war is sparse online. An additional point to the author, the Allied bombing of Dresden was just as much British revenge for the Blitz and especially the bombing of Coventry. Indeed a much coined term used by RAF pilots before bombing raids on German cities was 'remember Coventry'.

Anonymous said...

Wars are always fought for empire- these we fight as of late are for the oil empire, nothing else. There is no escaping war as long as we sit on our asses and allow our elected officials unfettered access to our tax dollars which they must have to wage them. Kill your TV and explore the net to find out what's really going on. If you are relying on FOX or CNN (or any mainstream media) to keep you informed of world events, you are a total dumbass and intentionally(and deservedly) misinformed. Just keep waving your little banner for one party or the other because that's exactly what they want you to do. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, you freakin' retard. (apologies to P.Townshend & R.Daltrey). History repeats itself, and sometimes there are lessons to be learned, and the NWO has a no less despicable agenda than those who lusted for power in the past. Do yourself a favor- cover your ass. If you don't know what WTSHTF is, I suggest that you abandon these pages of history and begin to contemplate your future. For those of you in Europe, who have given away (yes, you gave it away through your apathy, you pussies) your right to keep and bear arms, you are fucked- bow down and take it up the ass like the good-little-girls that you are. For the rest, good luck. The better informed you are and the better prepared you are increases your chances of being something besides a victim. We must all die, but I will assuredly do it on my feet fighting as opposed to on my knees begging.

Anonymous said...

War is brutal, soldiers at time must be brutal, and the Waffen SS and SS were amongt the most brutal of them all. Shed a tear for these men, I cannot. These were political soldiers representing a ideology of evil that promised to darken the world if victorious. I due consider the case of thousands of german POW in allied hands dying of neglect towards the end as criminal - but this case here, I'm afraid not. Furthermore, the general arguement of look at the soviets and compare, as if one cancels the other is stupidity. They too acted with savagery. But one doesn't justify the other. Additionally, strategic bombing in total war - not criminal, but an aspect of this concept utilized by all combants having an airforce. It would have been difficult for any human being, emerished in combat, who stumbled onto this scene to not wish to exact revenge -especially with prior knowledge of the Waffen SS common treament of prisoners...so guards or not, not the least bit troubled by the above images and stories. Tell your tales of woe to the inmate surviours of such camps - or better yet the love ones of the innoncent but dead - after over 50 years, to hears such Nazi appologetic garbage - shame on you. -Michael - Los Angeles CA, USA

Anonymous said...

German soldiers were always heroes! The A-bomb was thrown by the allies, Churchill was a war-criminal who must have been shut if there were real justice. The time will come where Great(fucking) Britain(USA too) will be punished for its crimes. Time is on our side Kameraden... :-))

m knight said...

I really wished germany did win the war so so all the russian american and british cowards could have been hanged .. bombing and raping of women and children is a war crime

Anonymous said...

Rediculous. Utterly rediculous. All you morons who love to hate America are just plain stupid sheep. You can find atrosities such as these from every country and every war in mankinds history from both enemy lines. War sucks for all sides, yes. However, it is the U.S. alone that can do no good in the eyes of idiots like yourselves. The U.S. is just the current empire being hated for its time. Just like the British, Romans, Greeks, Medes and Persians, Egyptians,and all other major world powers of history. The United States could give one million dollars to each man, woman, and child in this world; give every living person on this planet a home and food; teach and give health care to everyone living, and they would be still the most hated country on the planet. THAT IS A FACT! Let's see how China treats its loyal 'subjects' when it becomes a world power. Then you all can hate them and give America a well deserved break from being the 'cowards' we are. Cowards who showed up in Haiti, showed up in Thailand, showed up Japan! Yet not ONE of YOU people bothered to show up for Katrina or any other disaster our country has suffered.

Anonymous said...

P.S. Apparently comments are discouraged to have profanity in them, unless of course you are posting dirogatory remarks aimed at the British and Americans in (marks).

Anonymous said...

America has always claimed to be the better nation, founded on the principles of human rights and that all are equal under the law. We say that we must be an example to other nations and police other nations. "That we shall be as a city upon a hill—the eyes of all people are upon us" -J F Kennedy 1961 using Winthrops words.
The fact of the matter is we have war criminals too. Those who broke the Hague and Geneva Conventions are criminals. One of the things that I have always admired about our country (USA) is that we pride ourselves on the idea that all men are equal before the law, whether rich or poor even Senators.... Let's face our greatest fears and confront this charge head on and hold those who committed attrocities responible for their crimes.
Yes the 3rd Reich was horrible and NO I make no excuses for actions of criminals, but to throw an entire nation in as war criminals and evil because of the leadership is the same as saying that under Presidents from 1783-1981 the citizens of the United States were all racists (against Blacks Hispanics Jews and other non-WASPs) and all took a hand in the systematic genocide of the Native American. Furthermore my fellow Americans and British cousins, who generally can only speak one language(unless of hispanic origins)open up your worldview a bit more and accept that there is more to this war than that what the propaganda films(I still love Victory at Sea), that make you believe that GOD himself was on our side, have to say. Yes, America kicks ass, but don't dare believe that MIGHT makes RIGHT. It is our Laws and Humanity that make us great; allow them to be thrown aside and we aren't any better than those who were asked to guard a concentration camp.

Anonymous said...

This site has a major flaw. After reading a lot of bias, debatable comments, especially about the Russians,\american, and English acting inapropiately during the war. 6,000,000 gews were stripped of their dignity, seperated from their children, women raped at random, people lied to abut their destinations. OMG I could go on and on and on. Americans slaughterd by the waffens because they didn't have time to register the pows. I mean come on people. You can defend whichever side you want, but get your head out your asses if you think the americans would have shot germans that were still in camps with hundreds of bodies laying out like discarded trash, or the Russians raping the Women in Berlin. The Germans not only killed and raped the Jews ar random, but they went in and Raped the Russian women as well. Anyone seeing the atrosities would have acted back if from revenge, if nothing else. A lot of crap was done during most wars, but evil is usually escalated after the first stone has been tossed.

Anonymous said...

I guess we need to all stop thinking Allies where all good and did no wrong.... War is hell. Both sides did what they could to WIN the war. Be thankful that we can now look into the eyes of a German, Japanese and Italian and call them a fellow friend and that they can do the same.... What is truly sad is that so many possible Mozart's, Michael Angelo's, Da vinci and so on lost there lives and the world is a lesser place because of it.... Russia still holds most of German art works and will not release it back to German until 100 years has passed. Things like this need to stop... All World War 1 solders are gone... Soon all the WW2 soldiers will be gone.... Then hopefully we can all move on... Anyhow I live in Australia and am about to have a nice cold German beer.... mmmm Tastes good....

Anonymous said...

If you decide to participate in an activity which you know will lead you to kill others then what right do you have to cry foul when somebody else kills you? War is hell, not a sport.

Anonymous said...

MAY GOD FORGIVE US ALL. LET'S WORRY ABOUT THAT.

Anonymous said...

As their Government's bombs whistle in the background, a young Syrian man asks, "Where is America?" Anyone can see this on You Tube right now. I can answer that question; "It's east. Now shut up and duck." I am so tired of America getting brow beat from every direction, but when the real crap hits the fan, who's on speed dial? That's right, America. Everyone hates us but we're the elected world police somehow. We didn't start WW2, we tried to avoid it but were attacked. Similarities can be drawn with 911. One of these similarities is that if you mess with America, we'll get involved in opening a family-sized can of whoop-ass. Axis and Allied forces made mistakes and will have to answer to them all eventually. Argue if you want. But before you do, kiss my red, white and blue ass.
Mike

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's not the best idea to put the hospital next to the place where people are industrially wasted.

Ah, yes, I am so sorry, I forgot that these poor guys did not know the thing about those horrible things happening there.

Those who fight with the sword will die by the sword.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous (June 17, 2011 8:28 PM): That's crap, that's not how old people remember the Wehrmacht e.g. in Italy. But they remember the English as cowards who'd be sitting in holes and wouldn't move on until the artillery leveled the towns with the civilians still in the houses. The grandfather of my friend got shot when he was trying to negotiate the departure of the civilians before the English level the houses and kill all the people in them. This way he saved many people until an English idiot shot at him because he was scared by a man with a white flag. The grandfather spent the rest of his life blind as a consequence.

@m knight (January 2, 2012 12:42 PM): Would be a great world. A fascist version of the Soviet Union, with even more concentration camps everywhere. The entire world slaving on the Germans, probably including you, you idiot.

Anonymous said...

@Norman:

Killing the SS guards or whatever other German who wasn't fighting at the moment of killing at Dachau was actually a bad and negative message to the humanity. Civilized society puts people to a trial and gives them a chance to defend and if found guilty punishes them accordingly. Killing people without a trial just says that the killers are just killers, not people doing justice. It says that they are no better then the SS guys.

With this kind of opinions you might be American. If so look at what happens to USA now: People held in Guantanamo without trial for years-some were released as there was nothing fount to inculpate them and not even a compensation ensued for the years of unjust concentration camp time in horrible condition. Killing people without trial was made legal by Obama. People are tortured by proxies in Philippines, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. That's where USA arrived from the point in time where some SS soldiers were killed. Civil rights erode day by day, the Constitution is just a piece of paper nobody actually bothers to honor....

Anonymous said...

The germans killed 6 million Jews, we all know that. what about the many more millions of chinese killed by japs? you go on about the nazi racist idealogy while the americans who fought them segregated the blacks.that almost never appears in the media. how bout the soviet warcrimes, not just against the 'bad nazis' but also against poles, ukrainians, romanians etc...
has anyone considered that germany didn't start the war? England did. "But Germany attacked Poland..." you say. well so did russia, yet England didn't declare war on them. Events like the Katyn massacre were blamed on the germans. If you're some blind patriot whos going to try argue that allied crimes were somehow justified, or revenge, or deserved, at least get your basic facts right. stuff like statistics, dates etc....don't need more ignorance from your sorts.

Anonymous said...

Apart from the obviously ignorant opinion that all Germans were nazis theres another distinction thats a bit of a pet peeve of mine. some people get the impression that the Wehrmacht were good, decent soldiers caught up on the wrong side while the SS were all psychotic murderers. this is not true. some wehrmacht troopers committed atrocities, and some SS men were honest and brave soldiers like Wittmann. the reason this site is so great is it shows the other side for once, unlike the 'unbiased' mainstream media.

Anonymous said...

During the capitulation of France of 1940, there is a well documented incident where 97 British soldiers had during a rear guard action, held off an attack by the Waffen SS. When the British soldiers finally ran out of ammunition and were unable to continue fighting they surrendered to the waffen ss soldiers. The 97 British soldiers were subsequently marched across a road and into a field, where they were machine gunned down by the waffen ss. Only two of the British soldiers lived by feigning death to later report this. It was also confirmed by local villagers who were forced to bury the bodies.
Hitler also issued orders that any British commandos or special forces that were captured were to be executed and there are numerous incidents of these orders being carried out and even British SAS uniformed soldiers caught behind German lines being tortured first by SS soldiers before being executed with a bullet to the back of the head.
British and American soldiers would have been aware of such incidences by the SS. It was also known by this point that many of the guards in the camps were SS. The ordinary German soldier however was seen as more civilised with the treatment of prisoners they took.
To Diane, June 4, 2011 5:06 PM : this does not excuse the rape of civilian woman or acts of barbarism on innocent civilians as these are nothing but criminal acts and should be a lesson of the ugly side of war and why war isn’t the way to solve differences or arguments. My mother also lost 3 members of her family in WW2 including her twin. She hated war and could not understand either why people can’t find a better way to solve their differences. My father would also not speak of the war and thus I never had the opportunity to know him inside as a person. Wars not only affect those who experience them, they also affect subsequent generations. Some learn by these experiences, some, judging by the comments on here are still yet to learn.
Wars tend to be started by corrupt governments and individuals craving power and who are incapable of finding a civilised solution. Subsequently it tends to be the ordinary civilians who suffer most. It is important that we the people work together to ensure that these corrupt individuals and governments are prevented from being in the position where they can abuse this power. We need to be weary of those also who advocate hate, whether through economic greed, religion, ideology or racial difference as these are the dangerous people. Sadly it still goes on and most of us still prefer to stay blind to it as it only matters when it affects us personally. We need to learn to honour those individual heroes during these times that, despite the atrocities still retain civilised morals. As Gandhi said, “If you practice an eye for an eye, then you have a world that is blind.”

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
--Hermann Goering

Anonymous said...

No one deserves to be tortured, some
Soldiers fought for their countries and followed orders, other soldiers gone mad and got eaten by hatred and seek vengeance. You can't force someone to Respect those who killed one of your own.

Diana, Japan and Germany doesnt invade other countries like the US and Brits do? you say these countries never invade? they Invaded my country and other country and kidnapped children and took them to their country.

like any other cruel soldiers at that time:
Japan, Spaniards, American, and others... raped women in my country. same goes to your German and other soldiers... they rape innocent women, kill kids... my grandmother witnessed Japanese throwing Infants in the air and stabbing them with their Bayonet riffles!

there's nothing Good in Hatred, nothing good in war.

it's the past, shouldn't be forgotten and shouldn't be repeated. esp shouldn't argue or fight over it, everyone suffered from it, just be Thankful that its not happening in our time. and be thankful to those who lost their lives for us.

-Khayerei

brian boru said...

Well done Dave in Sheffield! Spoken like a true Brit bastard. I hope your granddaughter presents you with a nigger bastard. What a great victory you British scum have presented us with. Our continent is overrun with sub-humans but you are proud of the part your filthy country played in the slaughter of millions of the best European people. You low-life rat! You Brits played the most despicable part in that disgusting war. The next time you are pushed off the footpath in your own town by a wog invader, remember you are the reason he is there in the first place.

Lets try and be better humans said...

War brutalises all, there are no winners. War is the dark side of human existence, we must strive towards the light .War should be avoided at all costs. War is itself evil, “Thou shalt Not kill”

Senior Observer said...

great Possibiity lousy performance This is the most impossible web site I have ever seen. The organization is impossible. Cant find anything. I have looked for comment for 20 minutes or so. I know this will be read by you. Get someone to fix it. I have some pictures of WW2 I would offer but the way this site is set up it would be useless. I'd like to do more looking but it is useless to try. DG 3rd inf Div Artillery WW2

Anonymous said...

While I do appreciate the sentiment that most Americans and British have regarding WWII, I am amazed at their righteousness about the whole affair. My dear British friends, what were your so call royal highnesses doing in India? How many of Asians and Africans were brutally murdered for the sake of their empire? what about the great famine of Bengal in 1940's? and what about the atrocities in Vietnam (how did Viet cong peasants threaten American "freedom"?), Iraq, Afghanistan and God alone knows where else my Amerikaner friends? Please judge your own actions before you pass it on Germans or Japanese. And for my axis friends, please see for yourselves as these righteous "allies" are calling retribution on themselves by going through the casualty figures of these wars on terror. That should bring you peace.

Daniel Boston, Massachusetts said...

ALL people need to understand and understand well that war is hell and there is no refining it. Cruelty is part of war. "Rules of war" is a ridiculous statement. Fairness? More ridiculous. Terrible things happen in war and I'm not surprised or shocked by any of it. The instant war happens, the most horrible parts of mankind come right out.
Do I believe that the allies committed brutal acts against the Germans, Japanese, and Italians? Of course. Were they as brutal as the Germans? No - though it seems of little sense to categorize brutality and cruelty, in the case of the Germans, the death camps and organized genocide truly are the most horrible actions. Really, it is just good gor EVERYONE to recognize just how terrible war is so that it can be avoided.

Anon Dragon said...

It's scary to see the level of morality and education of some of the posters here.

You think the German antisemitism is bad? Just look at the depravity and outright hate in comments against Germans or Japanese, even 60 years ago.

My great grandfather was in the Wehrmacht. A good man and a mailman before the war. Got shot in the head in the Eastern front. His widow was raped along with the entire village by Soviet troops. People who call these people, these Germans, swine, are calling my family swine and I won't stand for it. The media always portrays hate coming from the evil people who lost the war. Truth is, the allies were no better, even worse.

About Dachau. It is a war crime like many commited by the Allies. Dachau was not even a genocide camp. It was like a 1940 version of what USA has in Guantanamo: A prison for political prisonners. People even served time in Dachau and then left. Go to the town, its a nice little village, not a horrible place, the nazis actually built a nice facility for these criminals.

The shooting of the guards was completely unwarranted. Its like if I invaded the USA, and started shooting prison guards at federal prisons and letting the prisonners go out.

I don't condone the Nazi regime. But some of you here need some hard slapping in the face -or a war in your own country- to understand the seriousness of your words.

Most of the time, comments are by chauvinistic nations with tabloid stupidity and propaganda about the axis in general. UK comes to mind, Ive never seen a more dumb people about WW2. Even France and USA are more intelligent in this respect.

I have actually many good relations with French and Americans, who have seen the war itself or children of GIs dead in WW2. They are not full of hate. Hate is a political thing. A vile thing that only happens in biased prejudiced individuals.

Like Morgenthau for example in 1945.

Anonymous said...

I was at a gun show in Winston-Salem, North Carolina about 20 years ago. One of the tables had a display and there were postcards from Dachau (post-war.) An old gentleman picked one up and said, "I was there at the liberation (he was a US soldier. We had had some heavy fighting outside of Munich, about 12 miles away. There was a hill, a dirt road, another hill, dirt road and then at the top there were some woods, for a few hundred yards. On the other side there was a large flat field, about 500 yards long. We could see the camp but had no idea what it was. We were in contact with a P-51 Mustang that flew over the camp and told us it was some type of factory, he could see wood piled up in the yards (it was dead bodies). My office saw some inmates coming through the field and told us to hold our fire. He handed me the binoculars and asked me "what do you make of this ?" They looked like kids, they were so small and thin, about 70 pounds. We got into the camp and some SS were fighting inside from some buildings and it took a few hours to clear them out. I walked up to a building and there was a wicker basket. I opened it with my M1 Garand. Inside were human heads, that's all. I puked. Never saw anything like that. Then we found the train. Dead civilians left inside boxcars for weeks. I puked again. The man then said, "It's not widely known, but a kid on a .30 caliber machine gun killed about 80 SS guards against a wall. We gave some of the SS to the prisoners, they tore them apart with their bare hands." We looked at the old soldier, the man offered him a Dachau postcard. He shook his head, "No, I don't need a postcard to remember that place." He turned and walked away.

Anonymous said...

What Drivel. It is thoroughly documented that the Germans murdered millions in the occupied countries and earmarked so called lesser races according to their demented classifications. They deserved everything that happened and more, Hans Frank himself said that German guilt would not be expunged in 1000 years. They have learned nothing

The Japanese, if anything were even more brutal

Anonymous said...

Meh, there are too many Germans and Japanese in the world, any action to reduce them, to a more manageable number should be considered pest control not a war crime.

Anonymous said...

Get a grip people. it's 2013 and WW2 is a thing of the past.

Why bring up old wounds? Are you going to march to the country you hate and shoot someone?

Revenge? Germany tried that in WW2. It seemed revenge in today's type of war is simply not worth the cost between two developed nations cappable of obliterating cities.

Peter Watson said...

Some say Stalin killed 40 million of his own people...If true, it makes Hitler look like a rank amateur...

Let me just say, it isn't the German people as a whole that were the problem in WWII...
It is the failed, broken evolutionary experiment called humanity that is the cause of the insanity people have had to endure then...and now.

Scratch the surface and many of us might become the obscene creatures that were in evidence...on both side...during WWII.

May I suggest some reading material which makes my point nicely:"Lord of the Flies"...

You can find a synopsis here:
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/flies/themes.html


"When left to their own devices, Golding implies, people naturally revert to cruelty, savagery, and barbarism. This idea of innate human evil is central to Lord of the Flies"


Judging by some of the comments here, the irony of those poster's philosophical position are oblivious to them...

I might come back and post more about the profound ignorance and hypocrisy some posters here are displaying... ;)

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