Blindfold and Alone

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Orion Publishing Group, Oct 29, 2015 - History - 560 pages

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. The executions continue to haunt the history of the war, with talk today of shell shock and posthumous pardons.

Using material released from the Public Records Office and other sources, the authors reveal what really happened and place the story of these executions firmly in the context of the military, social and medical context of the period.

 

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Blindfold and alone: British military executions in the Great War

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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

Contents

PRAISE
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THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF MILITARY
BACK TO BLIGHTY THE HOME RUNS
ALMOST MADE
THE PALS JOIN UP TOGETHER SERVE TOGETHER DIE TOGETHER
THE CASE OF SUB LT DYETT
A LONG WAY FROM HOME
YOUNG OFFENDERS
SHELL SHOCK AND DISCIPLINE
A SHELLSHOCKED OFFICER

MENTAL HEALTH IN BRITAIN IN 1914
THE SHOCK OF BATTLE
A BRIEF HISTORY
MILITARY LAW IN ACTION 191418
THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE AND THE FIRST
THE EARLY CASES
DISOBEDIENCE
SLEEPING AT AND QUITTING POST
THE BANTAMS AND THE 19TH DLI
COWARDICE THE EARLY YEARS
COWARDICE AND THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
COWARDICE THE LAST CASE
DESERTION THE REAL PROBLEM
THE WORCESTER FOUR
REPEAT OFFENDERS
PHYSICAL VIOLENCE
THE MILITARY MURDERERS
A VERY TEMPORARY GENTLEMAN
MUTINY
THE LAST EXECUTIONS
PART THREE
THE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE AND CONSEQUENCES
THE DARLING COMMITTEE
POSTWAR VIEWS ON SHELL SHOCK THE SOUTHBOROUGH COMMITTEE
PROGRESS?
PARDONS FOR ALL?
FINAL THOUGHTS
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About the author (2015)

John Hughes-Wilson (author of Military Intelligence Blunders) and Cathryn Corns lead 'Shot at Dawn' battlefield tours through France and Flanders.

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