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Subject: [Leica] Nathan's PAW 38: Arnhem 60 years
From: philippe.orlent at (Philippe Orlent)
Date: Sun Sep 19 05:22:57 2004

I just read an interesting story about the Polish who fought in WW2.
In taking hostile villages, general tactics were to dynamite every single
German out of the house he "defended". Thus "cleaning" the village house by
house. Result was ofcourse that after the village was liberated, the
villagers were left in total ruins.
A certain Polish general made it a matter of honour to liberate without
dynamiting, taking street per street, even if that meant big losses for his
own troops. When the village was taken, they returned the houses to their
owners, that could carry on with their lives without the burden of having to
rebuild all they had.
One could argue that avoiding human losses is far more important than
material losses, but nevertheless his humanitarian reflex struck me.
> From: Nathan Wajsman <>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <>
> Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 13:58:07 +0200
> To: LEG <>, Leica Users Group <>
> Subject: [Leica] Nathan's PAW 38: Arnhem 60 years
> The Polish came out in force too (the text reads: Poland to her defenders):

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