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Dan Wegmueller: Civility between battlefield foes
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Throughout history, a major challenge for any advancing army is how it cares for captured enemy combatants. For Hitler and Stalin, the issue was simplified - both men had little regard for human life, particularly when fighting each other. The European theatre of World War II can be described as two killing machines killing each other, particularly on the Eastern front when Nazi forces clashed with the Red Army. On the Western front, however, American soldiers tended to treat the conquered with respect and dignity.