5. The My Lai Massacre – 1968
We next have the My Lai massacre to report on our list of war crimes. As far as US history is concerned, this is by far the most notorious crimes ever when on the 16th of March, 1968 the armed men of the Charlie Company entered the village of My Lai in South Vietnam and started killing people since there instruction were to search and destroy. The unarmed residents posed no threat and yet the ground was covered by more than 300 bodies to martyred children, women and the elderly amongst others.
4. The London Cage Torture
Next on our list is the famous London Cage from the Kensington Palace Gardens in London which was basically a collection of cells and rooms for interrogating prisoners from Schutzstaffel and Gustapo. The Cage was known for its brutality in the name of interrogation and was therefore a war crime although, ironically enough, none of the captives were ever prosecuted! So you see what it was torture?
3. Katyn Massacre – 22,000 Polish Nationals were Executed
The story is one of the examples why it is very wrong to say Russian and Stalinism in the same sentence or at least at the same wavelength. The massacre was something off a clean-up act against many types of people but mainly ethnic Russians. Around 22,000 victims were executed with a confirmed death toll of 21,786 people.
2. Kokoda Track War Crimes
This next case is from the 1940s when the cannibalism of Allied prisoners of war by the Imperial Japanese military was nothing short of non-surprising. It was due to immense shortage of food supplies for the Japanese military men who began their war training with the war against China in 1937 and later moved onto the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
1. Marzabotto Massacre – 770 Italian Civilians Dead
Last but not the least on our list of war crimes we go back to World War II which was perhaps the darkest era of mankind. This massacre, particularly, took place in the year 1943 when Italy broke of its alliance with Germany. Friends became foes and the retreat of the German forces resulted in devastation along the way. This brings us to this article on war crimes which was not only hard to write but was equally disturbing as well because all these stories, they show a face of humanity that is not only dark but one that is capable of incredible evil be it forced, unintended, circumstantial or needed.