I have sympathy for any conscripted soldier of any war, because most of these people do not either want to be there, or agree to fight thanks to "propaganda" that has convinced the people they are doing the right thing and fighting the right side. Germany has accepted as a nation the guilt for the many crimes commited by the Nazis in WW2, so in a sense they are not hiding behing the line "I was following orders", which at Nuremberg was found to be a non-suficient excuse. But at the same time, it is difficult to not feel sorry for the boys that believed all the BS spewed by Goebbels, joined the fight and ended doing horrible things to defend their lives and what they thought it was the right side (yeah, Germany broke the Geneva convention, but they respected it too in many ways and EVERYBODY else broke it, including the Americans). If you add the many that were forced to fight, and could not disobey orders because that meant their death and big dishonor or death to their families, it probably felt like a gigantic trap. In the end, only when you understand that war is amoral in its nature, you see that once the one or many idiot politicians have issued the movilization orders, everybody else is into a hell of doing and receiving horrible sins that normal society would never condone.