Did soldiers shoot their own in ww2?

Did soldiers shoot their own in ww2? Topic: Disertion
June 26, 2019 / By Ottis
Question: Someone I know is saying that in ww2 (granted, their 93 year old grandpa was in ww2) American soldiers shot another soldier for failing to protect during night watch. Sounds completely bogus to me. But of course if that was true it wouldn't be plastered on google. So does anyone know? Is this true or just an old man rambling?
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Lev Lev | 4 days ago
If it happened, it was on an extralegal basis. There were only 141 legal executions during WWII, and all except one were for crimes of murder or rape. The only exception, Eddie Slovik, was executed for desertion. This is not to say it did not happen, only that it would have been a crime, and may have been covered up by other soldiers present or attributed to combat in the fog of war.
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Lev Originally Answered: Why does Congress tell U.S. Soldiers how to fight a war, when the soldiers do not tell Congress how to work?
Hello reaper I am the surfer Yes on practical realities, no on paper 1) I agree with you mostly on practical realities, here is why : War is the continuation of politics by other means by pacing restrictions upon the military , the rules of engagement became a negative factor on the soldier and air man ( i believe that navy is mostly independent, is rare congress telling the navy what waters to patrol) so the restrictions during korean war not to attack china, during vietnam same way too, iraq, somalia, : 19 soldiers killed, 3 helicopters down and clinton and congress were so shocked that they order withdraw! Combat is fluidity and dynamic, speed , intensity maneuver, no theoretical plan survives dynamic reality so Congressional order about what to and what no t to do hamper the lives of soldiers and airmen Yes i agree because congress people come from ivy league colleges while soldiers are under paid, so they are very privileged while soldiers do a lot for a few, and congress people do not go to military academy, us air force war college, navy war school , american military university and the like.... Why do you think the state of israel is so efficient? largely and likely because every prime minister has military experience from the draft and many of them come from the military! so as their congressmen ! because every citizen from Israel does military compulsory service ( the draft) with out exception! 3.)= The origin of this comes from world war two, after the battle of okinawa , some marines raped a little japanese local girl, news reached congress back inside Continental usa , and congress after hearings and debates ordered the navy and marines to close the base, that was so shocking that after that the military prefer the Congress to stay away from their doings! Theoretical arguments for No II)Congressional supervision 1.)by taking literally word from word you said " how to work" if you use how to work to describe battle then correct , combat is massive flow of events of danger, so congress cannot do that as i said earlier.Yet however work also relates for funding , expending of federal budget and contracts for military industry! like supervision of the making of osprey helicopter for marines, i recall there was a series of accidents during testing that congress had to intervene! 2.)Another event of Congressional supervision for weapons development and military industry contracts was the manufacture of bradley vehicle, colonel burton from us air force at the pentagon fought against the original design for faults, mistakes and so on so bad that congress took matters into their own to make sure military federal budget was cost - effective for a questionable vehicle ( the pentagon wars book ) Sources 14 years watching and reading military history books and the discovery channel look after the book or the movie "pentagon wars from colonel burton or watch the movie by the same title with kelsey krammer From the surfer

Jamison Jamison
There were cases in WW2 where American soldiers shot other American soldiers, some by mistake and others killed a fellow soldier in the heat of battle for any number of reasons. One case I personally know of was an incident in a rest area in a tent. Two friends were playing around and one of the soldiers picked up an M-1 rifle and placed it on the friend's stomach and pulled the trigger, it blew a hole in the man's stomach, he died instantly, the rifle had blanks in it.
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Frankie Frankie
As far as fragging in specific... I've watched countless documentaries, individual war diaries, inteviews with veterans and I think this is about the best answer you'll get, it's the one I've arrived at anyways. Of all the soldiers that I've heard recollections from, the western Allies on a whole didn't frag their own. They talked about wanting to lots, some idiot officer who would be better off dead because theiy are pure death themselves on the frontlines or some company bully hated by all - but I've not once heard of anyone following though, that I'd think was a credible source. Many many stories exist of say Canadians killing Canadians, Yanks killing Yanks and Brits killing Brits, or any combination of all the above lol, all accidental or 'collateral damage'. No difinative direct fragging of ones own, to my knowledge. Nor did the Italians or French. The Germans and Russians, total opposite end of the spectrum - definately killed their own. Two ex-Wehrmacht spoke of having a Jewish officer who was later fragged in battle; the SS had flying death squads completely equipped with rope and noose patrolling the rear echelon in the last six months of The Third Reich seeking out anyone moving in a direction other than towards the front - summary execution followed. The Russians also had penal battalions who's function was to walk through minefields at a walking pace thus clearing them, or stationed behind a Russian front tasked to shoot any and all Russians retreating.
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Deacon Deacon
That could be possible and it did occur. Stalin issued an order to hold firm and established special units to kill deserters.
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Deacon Originally Answered: Is there a way to connect with soldiers?
Your best bet would be to go talk to a recruiter. Any recruiter. My friend sends care packages overseas to Marines.

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