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Well this tale relates to my daughter who when she was about 7 years old decided she wanted to join the Army .... not the British Army but the American Army because their girls had guns .... there followed a short discussion and off she went to return a few moments later with the question " Daaaad ... if I do join the American Army how will I get back home to go to bed each night ? " .... I think that fits in with the level of this thread .
I recall an account from a US Infantry unit in WW2 when confronted by members of the Hitler Youth. The enemy, despite being offered the chance to surrender at an early stage, fought furiously, without mercy, causing many casualties. They delayed the advance for hours, but on expending all ammunition they would come out with hands raised, shouting 'Kammeraden'.
After two days of this, the CO ordered the surrendering Hitler Youth troops to be shot out of hand, and this brought about a distinct change in attitude from the enemy they encountered in the future, inasmuch as they were far more inclined to throw the towel in when first offered the chance.