Executed at Dawn: British Firing Squads on the Western Front 1914-1918

Executed at Dawn: British Firing Squads on the Western Front 1914-1918


The debatable tale of the lads compelled to shoot their fellow Tommies

"A volley earrings out—a worried volley it truly is real, but a volley. ahead of the deadly pictures are fired I had known as the battalion to recognition. there's a pause, I wait. I see the clinical officer reading the sufferer. He makes an indication, the subaltern strides ahead, a unmarried shot jewelry out. lifestyles is now extinct . . . We march again to breakfast . . . this can be war."

Brigadier-General Crozier describes an execution he has ordered of a guy who fell asleep on sentry responsibility. a lot has been written in regards to the 346 males who have been carried out in WW1 yet there's frequently just a passing connection with those that took part—the individuals of the firing squad, the officer accountable, the scientific officer, and the padre. What are their tales? via wide learn, David Johnson explores how they have been chosen and the way they have been handled ahead of, in the course of, and after the executions, and why there have been such a lot of procedural adaptations within the manner that the executions have been conducted.

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