Chivalry and the Geneva Convention are quaint notions of war as a gentlemanly sport. Possibly salves for our conscience after sending young men and women in harms way. Anyone who went to fight Nazi Germany should have been disabused of such notions. Nazi Germany was not, after all, civilized. It was ruled by hate and anger. Hitler didn't invent them. He merely gave voice to the Germans and allowed them to act out. Sadly, even German Jews turned disbelieving eyes and marched willingly to their deaths because they simply could not imagine the depravity of their neighbors. Those soldiers who threw down their weapons and threw up their hands expecting civilized treatment were sadly mistaken. Those who parade as Nazis in America today are pale shades of those monsters who brought the world to war. I suspect that most would wet their pants if they met a real Nazi.
Excellent article. We often forget that the American people did not win WWII by ourselves. Our Allies were fighting the war before we got involved and were already heroes for fighting the Axis. They were buying time for the rest of the world to join In. We do owe debt of thanks to them.
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