This picture shows US medics as they look over the body of a dead German soldier whom they had tried to save.
Some of you may be asking: why save a horrible Nazi soldier that is your enemy? Well, to answer that, I will need this entire post.
For one, most German Wehrmacht troops, including the army (Heer), Navy (Kriegsmarine), and Air Force (Luftwaffe), we’re not nazis, and if they were, most didn’t believe fully in the doctrine it laid out.
The German military was based off honor and the glory of the Fatherland, and most of the army personnel this fought for their country, not Nazism. It was honor they fought for, and in terms of the Air Force, fighter pilots were taught to destroy the enemy aircraft, not the person inside, and to never, EVER shoot someone in a parachute.
The Waffen SS was the criminal organization that deserves the hate, not the military. People often combine the two, and that isn’t right because they often fought for different reasons.
US medics tried to save this man because that’s what medics do, they save people. He obviously was not in a position to fight and thus saving his life was the lawful thing to do based off the Geneva Convention. Many nations ignored this during the war, namely the Japanese in the Pacific, who killed most injured US personnel or put them into horrid prison camps. But right here, this is legit. This is how things are supposed to be. This German soldier is a man just like anyone else, and when disarmed and bleeding out, serving no threat, it is our obligation to help him to the best of our abilities.
It’s kind of like when doctors treat convicts. They may not want to, but it is the right thing to do, and also it is law.