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witness wrote:No offence.Just a theory - could it be that you were asleep getting this information to begin with ? It would explain why you could not recollect the name of the author ..
witness wrote:Do you remember if this guy was talking about some particular atrocities commited by Canadians and French ?
Tom Niefer wrote:I was surfing and found a WWII history page where the author claimed that the French and Canadian troops were the most brutal of all Allied soldiers. I didn't think much of it at the time but began to mull it over later and thought it odd. I don't remember the man's name nor could I find the site again. Probably because I found it late at night when I should have been asleep. Do any of you have any views / opinions about what this guy says? Anyplace where I can read more about this?
Dan wrote:Lupo, were the sodiers Arab and other African auxilleries?
Meech wrote:Hi Tom,
The Russian troops seem to have had, and kept, the worst record for brutality ( WW2, Chechnya etc) but what underlies your question is important. (IMHO) everyone has the potential to be brutal in a battle environment.
Recently I heard a number of Canadian vets, discussing the liberation of Holland. They spoke of blasting through walls to go from house to house in bitter street fighting. Blast open a hole, race in firing left and right, another wall - bullets flying ....... and shooting German soldiers whose hands were up .... "This was murder ....We were murderers!" exclaimed one.
The same thing occurred with US, British and Canadian troops storming ashore on D-Day. Posts were over-run and German soldiers shot down regardless of where their hands were.
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