Blindfold and Alone: British Military Executions in the Great War

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Three hundred and fifty-one men were executed by British Army firing squads between September 1914 and November 1920. By far the greatest number, 266 were shot for desertion in the face of the enemy. Controversial even at the time, these executions of soldiers amid the horrors of the Western Front continue to haunt the history of the war, with talk today of shell shock and posthumous pardons.
This book sets out the facts of these court martials and executions, using new material that only now has become available from the Public Records Office and other sources. Just as importantly, the authors place the story of these executions firmly in the context of the military, social and medical context of the period.

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It hardly seems fair to place a man in hell and then to punish him when he shows fear. Yet this was standard procedure in the British army in World War I, when execution by firing squad was punishment ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

John Hughes-Wilson (author of Military Intelligence Blunders) and Cathryn Corns have organised and led highly successful 'Shot at Dawn' battlefield tours through France and Flanders. While both have published work before, this is their first book in collaboration with one another. John Huges-Wilson lives in Loughton, Essex and Cathryn Corns lives in Sandwich, Kent.

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