Wiki says "There were a number of war crimes involving Allied personnel that were investigated by the Allied powers and that led in some instances to courts-martial." No citation was given for this statement, however.

Did the allies actually do this? What are some major examples?

  • Could you add a link to the Wikipedia page that you quoted? Maybe it has some sources or further explanations that we can look at.
    – user69715
    Oct 14, 2015 at 17:33
  • Do you have any reason to doubt the assertion?
    – MCW
    Oct 15, 2015 at 12:38
  • You mean the assertion from the Wikipedia article? Well, when I did my history degree they told me you shouldn't believe everything you read on Wikipedia, particularly if they don't give it a source. Old-fashioned, I know.
    – Ne Mo
    Oct 15, 2015 at 15:14
  • @NeMo While I agree with your point, I think you should also point that out within the text of the question. I edited it in, hope you don't mind.
    – Semaphore
    Oct 15, 2015 at 16:09
  • Not in the least!
    – Ne Mo
    Oct 15, 2015 at 16:31

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About 500 US soldiers were condemned to death during WW2 for murder or rape. Of these, 70 were actually executed, the rest being let go after serving short prison terms. No distinction was made between murders which were "war crimes" and criminal murders, but it is likely the large majority of murders and rapes which were prosecuted were of a criminal nature. None of the various major massacres of German prisoners was ever investigated or prosecuted. So, to answer your question there are no "major examples".

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    Do you have a source for that 500 number?
    – Ne Mo
    Oct 15, 2015 at 8:57
  • The Dachau Liberation Reprisals were certainly investigated. Never prosecuted, though: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dachau_liberation_reprisals
    – AlaskaRon
    Oct 16, 2015 at 3:39
  • @AlaskaRon Okay, maybe I should written "seriously investigated", if you are going to pick nits. One guy asking a few questions, and filing a secret report is hardly an "investigation". By an investigation, I mean a PUBLIC inquiry by MORE THAN ONE PERSON. Oct 16, 2015 at 4:04
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    Could you add sources to this answer?
    – Schwern
    Oct 18, 2015 at 3:19
  • See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_W._Morton Oct 21, 2015 at 7:54

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