Questions tagged [war-crime]

Questions regarding the history of acts that constitute serious violations of the laws of war which gives rise to individual criminal responsibility.

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Were RMS Lancastria survivors strafed?

The bombing and sinking of RMS Lancastria popped up in the "on this day" Wikipedia feed. RMS Lancastria In the article there is this paragraph: When German aircraft began strafing survivors in ...
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Did significant numbers of Japanese officers escape prosecution during the Tokyo Trials?

Acclaimed novel The Narrow Road To The Deep North centres its plot around war crimes committed by Japan during World War 2, specifically slave labour on the Burma Railway.. The book strongly implies ...
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Is there any evidence for American atrocities during the Soviet-Afghan War? [closed]

I just spoke to someone that was convinced that US soldiers committed rapes against Afghan women during the Cold War. Is there any truth to this? Were there any US soldiers deployed to Afghanistan ...
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When and how were the Germans made aware of the Moscow Declaration On Atrocities?

In the question How did the Allies deliver the Moscow Declaration to the Nazis? the answers seem to focus on just one side of the communication, namely how the allies broadcast their message of the ...
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What transit restrictions were in place in Occupied Germany limiting military and civilian movement between the four occupation zones?

Question What provisions or restrictions (civil and/or military) were in place in the summer of 1945 which governed movement between the four partitioned zones of occupation (British, American, ...
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How did the Allies locate, identify and process Nazi War criminals?

Original Question: I am seeking information on the identifying, locating and detaining of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS officials near and shortly after the end of WWII in Europe. Specifically, ...
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How many rapes did the Wehrmacht commit in the Soviet Union during World War II?

German Wikipedia says that until 1944 5394 German soldiers were convicted for "moral crimes", but the Wehrmacht leadership regarded that sexual crimes in accordance with the racial ideology (...
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Did Nazi Germany use chemical weapons on the battlefield?

We all know the famous quote of Sean Spicer: "You had someone who is despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." He later tried to excuse it using this sentence: "But ...
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What happened to General Eugen Müller after WWII?

General Eugen Müller wrote the first draft of the infamous Commissar Order. He was, if I understand correctly, something like the top legal officer of the Wehrmacht during WWII (I found different job ...
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Who was the first to accuse enemy troops of impaling babies, cutting fetuses from women's bellies, etc.?

In a surprising number of conflicts, propagandists have accused enemy troops of very similar (and appalling) atrocities. Among the most common allegations are claims that babies had been impaled on ...
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Which leading Serbs and Croats argued against their own extremists in the wars 1992-95?

Looking back on the wars in Bosnia and Croatia twenty years on, and having read many of the histories of the period, I can't think of any accounts of commanders on either side behaving with vision or ...
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Did the Allies punish their own war criminals?

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 ...
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Why was a convicted Nazi war criminal buried with military honours?

[Source 1:] Erich von Manstein died of a stroke on the night of 9 June 1973 at the age of 85. As the last but one[a] surviving German field marshal, he was buried with full military honours, his ...
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Was there a secret side-agreement between the USSR and Nazi Germany to summarily execute the Polish officer corp? [closed]

In a recently published novel by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth, IV, The Assassination Option, the authors tell a story of a dinner conversation at the Tehran Conference. The story, ...
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How were middle ranking Nazis known to the allies before the end of the war?

According to Hanns and Rudolf by Thomas Harding near the end of WW2 the allies created a large database ... known as CROWCASS, of war criminals which they intended to target once victory was achieved. ...
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Have any major US book publisher published a book about USA war crimes? [closed]

There are some books from non USA book publisher and some indie and self-published books. But I was unable to find a book that would be published by a major US book publisher and the book was not a ...
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What is the historical evidence behind the claim that the Soviet armies perpetrated mass rapes during their stay in Germany?

Besides accounts from Anthony Beevor's book and research done by Sander & Johr, which some members of the amateur historian community dismiss as biased and revisionist, are there any other source ...
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What other war crimes trials, besides those of Nazi war criminals, were held after WWII?

Why were the Nuremberg trials after WWII for the Germans only? The same charges used against the the Germans could be easily extended to the Japanese or possibly Italians. They have committed as much ...