No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been… Hannah Arendt


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We have an infatuation in this country with punishing the guilty. It may have started with the persecution of witches in colonial times but its political dimensions came to full boil with the pursuit of Pancho Villa and continued through the “pastoralization” of Germany favored by Morgenthau and the orgy of punishment at Nuremberg. It hasn’t stopped yet with the pursuits of both Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. While not arguing for the innocence of any of the criminals pursued there remains the question of what exactly was accomplished by sending Pershing into Mexico or Alexander Patch into Bavaria. Neither was a target of particular military value and especially in the latter case the army could have been sent east and left the Soviets without so much of Europe for the next fifty years. The men who followed the orders deserve credit and honor for everything they accomplished – it is the men who made the policy who remain suspect!

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In pursuit of Hitler: A Battlefield Guide to Bavaria Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2008 Andrew Rawson World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns Germany, United States. Army. Army, 7th. History Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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This book is a chronology of the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and the famous victory drive of the Seventh Army. It starts at the Worms’ Rhine bridgehead and moves quickly onto Aschaffenburg, before describing the Hammelburg Raid to release US POWs. Driving South through Karlstadt the Army seized crossing of the River Mainz at Wurzburg.

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The seizure of Nuremberg was hugely symbolic and this beautiful city was the scene both of the infamous Nazi Rallies and of course the War Crimes Tribunals. The road to Munich is via the Danube crossings and the books takes in the liberation of the appalling Dachau Concentration Camp and the battle at the SS Barracks.

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Munich was the centre of Hitler‘s early life and represented his power base. He was imprisoned here and wrote Mein Kampf. The book climaxes with the approach to the Alps and the Eagle’s Nest suspected to be his last retreat rather than a bunker in Berlin.

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