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Should We Follow Orders We Know Are Harmful?

Georg Högel's actions in leaving Enigma code books on U-110 meant they could be confiscated when Royal Navymen boarded Högel's ship. That action harmed his country, even though Georg was following orders.

Are there times when orders should not be followed? When / under what circumstances?

Should Georg have thought more carefully, to assess the likely impact of leaving the code books on board U-110?

Would your answer be different if the orders are military orders?  Why, or why not?


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