Revenge in World War II (L145)

In what ways did revenge figure into the strategies of the countries fighting in World War II?

During World War II, many officials justified atrocious attacks and invasions by stating that they were counterattacks; even in cases which they were however, two wrongs do not make a right. The people were rallied together for their countries for the simple reason of uniting against other countries. Many of the world’s countries fell into an endless cycle-like-black-hole of needing to have the last word, and so the revenge was relentless, limitless, and continuous. It involved innocent peoples, and became a very personal war for the families and soldiers involved. Revenge killings, not only carried out by plans on the masses, were happening on an individual basis; soldiers themselves were taking the war into their own hands, and handling men in their own ways. Bombs were being aimed at people, not only soldiers and military officials; constantly there were displays on all sides of vengeful attacks, rather than simply ‘doing what needs to be done’. When armies could’ve been blocked off and delayed, etc., towns were instead incinerated. Attacks became emotional, and personal, and less strategic and defensive. A bomb for a bomb quickly became the law of the land under warfare.

Looking deeper into resources outside of what the RPC offers, I have found some very interesting articles and videos. This short 3 minute clip really reinforced how deeply war was affecting the entire world on such a personal scale at once. Pain was widespread, and on a large scale, but it affected us all the same. 

US Soldier Revenge Killing in WWII. N.d. Military Advantage, 28 Mar. 2012. Web. 11 June 2015. <;..

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