I was watching "World At War" the other day and wondering how German soldiers could obey some of the orders they were given to commit atrocities. Personally I really can`t see how I could ever done some of those things so, following on from that, what would have happened to me ?. This set me thinking how many German soldiers refused to obey orders to commit atrocities, and what happened to those who stood by their consciences ? Have I got a false memory or did I once hear that very few German soldiers who refused to obey illegal orders were shot ? I`m talking in the mainstream German forces here, not the SS or the Gestapo.