Sorry but I can't let this thread go. I have been told by ex-infantrymen from both World Wars that they looted dead German soldiers. These men were asked to do the dirty killing work up close with the the enemy. Any squeamishness about the dead was gone. They'd seen their mates killed & maimed and done a fair bit of killing & maiming themselves. I cannot condemn them in the way that has been done on this thread. Some of them were Guardsmen, you can't get more disciplined than that. Owen, You have expressed here and in your previous post (#21) the very same views I have heard from numerous Canadian veterans and I couldn't agree with you more. I'm surprised that more posters have not recognized the context that these infantrmen operated in and as you noted, they weren't choir boys. However, I don't think discipline had much to do with it. The "Code" that these men operated under made souvenirs fair game. Taking someone's wrist watch, seems like a very minor event after you have killed him. I am somewhat incredulous that the issue of taking personal items is even raised as an issue given the violence that these soldiers were trained for and meted out to their enemies. OK to beat his brains out with a trenching tool but don't dare touch his personal effects ?????