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Battlefields are also minefields of uncertainty

What really constitutes a war crime?

28 March 2020

9:00 AM

28 March 2020

9:00 AM

Given the long-running debate on battlefield behaviour in our combat troops, it is worthwhile pointing out there is considerable opportunity for confusion in such areas. Here is a catalogue of actual historical events which might give pause for thought.

In World War I, the Australian soldier Albert Jacka VC stormed a trench with four Germans in it who were firing at him.

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Dr Tom Lewis OAM is the author of Lethality in Combat (Big Sky), which discusses the realities of battle. He commanded a US forces unit as an ADF officer, in the Iraq War.

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