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dc.contributor.advisorPohl, James
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Justin Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-24T10:18:08Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:18:08Z
dc.date.issued2009-12-01en_US
dc.date.submittedDecember 2009
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3836
dc.description.abstractThis study contends that American soldiers killed large numbers of Axis POWs during the war in Europe. Although the established rules of war did not completely break down as in the Pacific theater, the killing of POWs was an integral part of the American combat ethos because the desensitizing effects of total warfare produced a mental state conducive to the abandonment of the established rules of war. Any enemy soldier who knowingly, or unknowingly, violated the American perception of proper battlefield behavior often met with a fatal response. Moreover, American soldiers whose mental state had been significantly distorted by the brutality of their combat experience often had little compunction about killing enemy prisoner who did not violate these unwritten rules.en_US
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dc.format.extent125 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectWorld War II
dc.subjectPOW
dc.subjectGeneva convention
dc.subjectPost-traumatic stress disorder
dc.subjectPTSD
dc.subjectAtrocity
dc.subjectUnited States
dc.subjectWar crimes
dc.subjectCombat
dc.subjectHistory
dc.subject.classificationHistoryen_US
dc.subject.classificationMilitary Historyen_US
dc.subject.classificationMilitary Studiesen_US
dc.titleAmerican Soldiers and POW Killing in the European Theater of World War II
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrennan, Mary
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMauck, Jeffrey
thesis.degree.departmentHistory
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
txstate.departmentHistory


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