Here I'm not talking about the death camps or the holocaust, but the day to day war crimes especially prevalent on the East Front such as the commissar order, killing prisoners as a matter of course, and Soviet barbarities in Prussia. Both sides were outstandingly nasty to each other and all it did was increase the other side's resistance. It was counter-productive to these country's war aims. Of course in life or death battle there will always be spontaneous crimes but these things I'm talking about were sanctioned at the highest level of government. One would think that truly encouraging surrender and decreasing resistance would be a positive thing militarily. Does anyone here have any thoughts on this?