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The self-serving Cold War “memoirs” of Germans generals are the ones not to be trusted, having been discredited by most serious historians.
“The popular perception of Soviet victory ‘by numbers’ was a myth created by German generals in their memoirs written in the 1950s” – Steven Zaloga
The Germans thought that something was not “soldierly” or “civil”?
“We must exterminate the population. It is our mission, if we want to protect Germany. We have the right to annihilate millions of people of the lowest race who reproduce like worms…” – Adolf Hitler
“You are not able either to take things to heart or to worry. Forget your sympathy and compassion. Kill any Russian or Soviet citizen. Do not stop at anything, whether you see an old man or a woman, a boy or a girl in front of you. Kill. It will save you from death. It will provide your family with a future. It will bring eternal glory to you.” – From the booklet “The instructions for a German soldier”, issued to Wehrmacht personnel right before the start of Operation Barbarossa.
“August 25, 1941 – We threw grenades into windows. The houses caught fire easily and burned down quickly. The fire would spread to the other log huts. What a spectacular view! The people inside cried and we laughed at their tears. We have burnt about 10 villages this way!
August 29, 1941 – We grabbed 12 people whom we found hiding in the village and took them to the cemetery. We made them dig a deep and ample grave for themselves. There is no and there can be no mercy for the Slavs.” – From the diary of Wehrmacht Ober-Gefreite Iohannes Gerder