A Merciful Act with Horrific Consequences

British Army Private Henry Tandy of Wawickshire, UK, was much decorated in World War I, and deservedly so.  His service was remarkable.  But what haunted him later in his life was his spontaneous act of humanity on September 28, 1918:

“As the ferocious battle wound down and enemy troops surrendered or retreated a wounded German soldier limped out of the maelstrom and into Private Tandey’s line of fire, the battle weary man never raised his rifle and just stared at Tandey resigned to the inevitable.  ‘I took aim but couldn’t shoot a wounded man,’ said Tandey, ‘so I let him go.'”

That German soldier was Adolph Hitler.

Hat tip to Instapundit.