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Blindfold and alone : British military executions in the Great War

Author: Cathryn Corns; John Hughes-Wilson
Publisher: London : Cassell, 2001.
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It was one of the most controversial and still haunting aspects of World War One: the execution of 351 British soldiers for cowardice and desertion in the face of the enemy. Using new material that only now has become available from the Public Records Office and other sources, this compelling history sets out the facts of these courts-martial and shootings--and just as important, places them in the context of the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cathryn Corns; John Hughes-Wilson
ISBN: 0304353973 9780304353972
OCLC Number: 46498922
Description: 543 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The lost world --
The history and development of military law --
Military law in 1914: the Manual of military law --
Mental health in Britain in 1914 --
The shock of battle --
Shell shock: a brief history --
Shell shock and the Great War --
Military law in action 1914-18 --
The British expeditionary force and the first execution --
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 --
Long time away: desertion, the real problem --
The 'Worcester four' --
Back to 'blighty', the home runs --
Almost made it --
The pals, join up together, serve together, die together --
Evading his duty: the case of Sub Lt Dyett, RN --
A long way from home --
Young offenders --
Shell shock and discipline --
A shell-shocked officer --
Repeat offenders --
Physical violence --
The military murderers --
A very temporary gentleman --
Mutiny! --
The last executions --
The parliamentary debate and consequences --
The darling committee --
Post-war views on shell shock: Lord Southborough's committee --
Progress? --
Pardons for all? --
Final thoughts.
Responsibility: Cathryn Corns and John Hughes-Wilson.
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This complete history of one of the most controversial aspects of the First World War reveals the story of British soldiers executed for cowardice and desertion.  Read more...


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