Naval War College Review


The preceding assertion by Professor Telford Taylor, the U.S. prosecutor at Nuremberg after World War II, is a benchmark in the current discussion of war crimes and Vietnam. For the first time, a reputable scholar of moderate persuasion suggested the possibility that American military leaders be tried for their responsibilities in the conduct of the Indochina war. Taylor's book Nuremberg and Vietnam became an instant success, and his analogy concerning Yamashita is regularly cited in the debate over the U.S. conduct of the war.