Execution of General Anton Dostler (US Military Film Footage)

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  1. djl4570

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Dostler
     
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  2. Soliferrum

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    ...whats-i mean i dont understand. what makes this any different or special. other than the one officer being broken?
     

  3. opaww

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    Dostler ordered the execution of legal POWs
     
  4. Soliferrum

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    ...they execute millions of jews for being jews, but its wrong they executed "legal" POW's. im just looking for the lesson to take away from this, i feel like im missing a part.
     
  5. djl4570

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    I was more interested in the procedure of executing someone by firing squad. We've seen this on television dozens of time but this was the real deal.
    Keep in mind that hundreds of Nazi's were prosecuted, imprisoned and or executed after the war for their involvement in killing Jews and other war crimes. There is a partial list here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremberg_Trials
     
  6. Soliferrum

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    heheh ever see faces of death? that'll get a firm grip on reality for ya.

    heres my problem with the story-

    correct me if im wrong but, thats incredibly bad, right?
     
  7. rjd3282

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    They executed the officers for doing that to the Jews too. Executing civilians and POW's is a war crime punishable by death. That's the difference. It saddens me that you don't understand the difference.
     
  8. djl4570

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    i must be typing something other than english cause this is the second time today, apparently im not coming off with the right tone or wording but it never fails that i get a pompous *** answer like-

    thank you fountain of all knowledge, even though the UCMJ has been beaten into me for 13 weeks im so glad you could come along and show me the light. here i was thinking killing the innocent was completely legal.

    now lets try this, one more time. i understand the gravity of the situation but i fail to see why THIS case is so special. i feel that OP has a point, im just making sure that there wasnt more to the story or this case is tied into something from WWII that was important. in short i was saying MORE INFO without being a troll and just putting up a post that says MORE INFO. (other than wiki)But props to OP for providing a good clip of a Nazi getting what he deserved, that never gets old.
     
  10. djl4570

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    You are reading too much into the post. My post wasn't about who or why this person was executed, it was a clip that documented an execution by firing squad. The inclusion of additional information was to provide background, not to make a point.

    I am unsubscribing from this thread and will not post to it again.
     
  11. orangello

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    Interesting! I would have thought they would've used either all right-handed or all left-handed riflemen.

    Also, i would NOT have wanted to be in the front line with a rifle firing right above and beside my ear. OUCH
     
  12. rjd3282

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    Maybe you should try speaking more plainly. You asked what the difference was between the general executing pow's and what we did to him. That's the way I understand your post.

    13 weeks? Big deal after you've spent as many years in as I did then come back talk about it.
     
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  13. Chainfire

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    I am going to go out on a limb here; if I understand the posters question, he was asking what was so special about the general's crime to get a death penalty by firing squad.

    The answer is that it was not all that unusual. A hell of a lot of folks died by firing squad for war crimes. We even used a firing squad on one of our own for desertion. (although thousands deserted) A lot more people were hung for crimes ranging from "war crimes" to rape or murder, and there were thousands of cases, of officers just shooting deserters or other criminals without arrest or trial. Kind of "I'm done with your s***: bang!"

    I was also interested in the procedure as I have never seen the sentence carried out. I would not have wanted to be the guest of honor.

    War is not for the faint of heart.
     
  14. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    I had never wondered about this, but the video was very educational. There was a very specific sequence of events. The restraint system prevented the criminal from trying to dodge or duck. Interesting that they used both left and right handed shooters. The squad returned to marching order very quickly after the event with no "Take that ya Nazi scum" histrionics. Perhaps this squad performed this function multiple times, might be important to know about that. Seems like the process is designed to allow all participants (except the criminal) with dignity and conscience intact.
     
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    Seems like the process is designed to allow all participants (except the criminal) with dignity and conscience intact.

    I'd agree with the exception of that still photog going up to him to snap photos of his face. Must have been a journalist, and not a military documentarian.