Capt. F.J. Walker - a war criminal?

BaronBoy

Midshipman
Now, for starters I don't think he was but a poster on YouTube thinks he was and has stated his reasons.

Basically, Walker gave an order that prisoners were not to be allowed on board until they had stated the name (or U-number) of their ship. This is certainly correct, Alan Burn quotes the order in his book and Burn was Walker's gunnery officer. However, the YouTube poster says that there is a video in which a seaman who was there states that he was very distressed in having to leave German sailors in the water to drown.

Now, I happen to think it is false and have asked the poster to give me the links. Having read Burn's book and previously, "Walker RN", I developed an interest in the man and went researching as much as was publicly available and that included YouTube videos and I did not come across anything of the kind. There are also two incidents quoted in Burn's book that would seem to indicate Walker was anything but a war criminal; one was how he dealt with the accidentally wounding of a German prisoner by a guard and the other was the burial at sea with appropriate ceremony of a German prisoner who had died of his wounds.

Does anyone here have any knowledge of such alleged activity on the part of Walker? Personally, I find it very unlikely but am open to evidence.
 
OP is unlikely to gain much here except opinions.

Mine is that I'd ignore these scurrilous allegations attempting to besmirch a great man who drove himself to an early death combating the far greater Criminal activities of the U-boat arm of that charismatic, megalomaniac and ultimately cowardly leader of Nazi Germany
 

mikh

MIA
It was a total war for existential survival. Judge by those standards, not those of the 21st century.

Not for one moment am I suggesting that Captain Walker was a war Criminal, but P_T, that is just wrong on so many levels, and highlights your level of hypocrisy and double standards in regards to Sgt Blackman, but there again the good sarg was not an ossifer was he!!!!!!
 
As BOOTWU Says Johnny Walker drove Himself to an early grave fighting the Battle of the Atlantic.The longest continuous battle of WW2. If anyone is looking for a potential war criminal check out some of the alleged actions of Anthony Myers, Submarine Commander and from reports, all round bellend.
 
G

guestm

Guest
Not for one moment am I suggesting that Captain Walker was a war Criminal, but P_T, that is just wrong on so many levels, and highlights your level of hypocrisy and double standards in regards to Sgt Blackman, but there again the good sarg was not an ossifer was he!!!!!!

Not even remotely similar scenarios.
 

mikh

MIA
Not even remotely similar scenarios.

Captain is accused of leaving German sailors to drown unless they give the number of their boat etc, if true, this would have been a far more heinous crime than shooting a seriously injured insurgent who may have been involved in the dismemberment of British troops. P_T says we should not apply the standards of the 21st century, I say bullshit. The RN, unless it endangers the vessel, has always pulled enemy combatants out of the sea when possible.

IF Captain Walker did leave German sailors to drown, he risked the German Navy doing exactly the same in revenge, Sgt Blackman shooting the insurgent, well, what would the enemy do, it they were lucky a British serviceman (person) falling into the hands of the Taliban would be at best shot out of hand, at worse torture and beheading, I doubt very much his actions would have changed anything.

Yes you are right Monty, not even remotely similar scenarios.
 

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