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Military Executions During World War I

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Gerard OramLecturer, History Department, Open University

ISBN13: 9781403906946
ISBN: 1403906947
Published: August 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Scholarly
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £110.00



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351 men were executed by British Army firing squads between September 1914 and November 1920. By far the greatest number 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 war. This book provides a critical analysis of military law in the British army and other major armies during the World War I, with particular reference to the use of the death penalty. This study establishes a full cultural and legal framework for military discipline and compares British military law with French and German military law. It includes case studies of British troops on the Frontline.

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
Introduction - 'The administration of discipline by the English is very rigid': British Military Law and the Death Penalty 1868-1918 - Military Discipline and the Nation at War - Military Theory and Redefining Troop Morale - Morale, Discipline and the Death Penalty on the Frontline - Discipline and Morale in the Three Armies: Case Studies of Three British Infantry Divisions - Conclusion