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Posted June 19, 2012
I read this book a few years ago and should have written a review before now, so I am catching up. I carried this book with me on active duty in paperback, and I rear and re-read many of the passges that Prof. Heaton wrote about regarding legal and illegal actions under The Hague and Geneva Conventions. What makes this book a great leadership tool are two factors; 1-The events described in the first person from participants and archives that identify those actions that are legal or illegal against insurgents, despite the situation under international law. This book can save your butt when you are in doubt. The individual examples of irregular actions, and the responses or preemptive actions by the Germans were compelling, chilling, yet arguably critical in making this book a useful tool. I have read Christopher Browning, Max Hastings and others, and this book is right up there with them. Great history, and a great learning curve. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2008
This book, while stating with authority the existing laws that existed in WW II, regarding The Hague and Geneva Conventions, is also a time capsule. This book outlines many egregious errors comitted by German forces against POWs and civilians, and states clearly, Article by Article, how and why these laws were broken. Reading these acts and the corresponding laws addressing these events brings the rule of law, and the ethics of conflict into complete focus. This is a very well done book, and should be required reading at every academic and military level. It is as relevant in todays modern conflicts as it was in WW II.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.