Why was this defence not accepted at Nürnberger Trials?
After all, if you disobeyed orders in nazi military, you would get executed, and somebody else would obey these orders, meaning you died for nothing.
Your commander would probably scorn you, maybe demote you, and get somebody else to do it. Can you imagine what a horrid drain on manpower there would be if officers were just shooting their soldiers for not following orders?
Of course there will be consequences. The standard one was:
"OK, you're digging latrines instead."
Worst one was
"OK, you're going to have to go do some actual soldiering."
Jew Murder Squad was the ideal assignment
1) No one shooting at you.
2) It's so easy, even the retards in the SS can do it.
3) Ample opportunities to engage in looting
4) Feel free to be drunk at 2 in the afternoon, on duty.
All of this while Germany suffered from incredibly severe manpower shortages. You think they were willing to lose more manpower because you weren't interested in an assignment 90% of soldiers would take?
didn't for multiple generals/armies in multiple places
a big one who refused to shoot jews right here
>"Rommel is regarded as having been a humane and professional officer. His Afrika Korps was never accused of war crimes, and Allied soldiers captured during his Africa campaign were reported to have been treated humanely. Orders to kill Jewish soldiers, civilians and captured commandos were ignored."
Why wouldn't it? Orders aren't meant to be entrusted duties, they're just things that need to be done. If one soldier doesn't do it, then they'll get another one to. It's only in cases where there are no alternatives, and a commander has to have a task completed, usually being in a combat situation, when he would resort to threatening and killing his own soldiers.
The Wehrmacht and even the SS weren't all soulless drones. Plenty of soldiers didn't have the stomach to mindlessly kill civilians. Hundreds of thousands, probably. If you were in charge of the army, would you be willing to lose all those soldiers purely for that reason?
>Nope. This has been proven many, many times to not be the case.
yeah, but he still believed that he would be executed and he had no means to prove the contrary.
A King may move a man, a father may claim a son, but remember that even when those who move you be Kings, or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God, you cannot say, "But I was told by others to do thus." Or that, "Virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that.
Germany lost the war, their cities burned, their women where gangraped by the red army.
They paid for their crimes the only way warcrimes should be paid for, in blood and tears.