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Executed at Dawn
Author: DAVID JOHNSON

ISBN: 9780750959179
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1 December 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3
Description:
The controversial story of the men forced to shoot their fellow Tommies 'A volley rings out - a nervous volley it is true, yet a volley. Before the fatal shots are fired I had called the battalion to attention. There is a pause, I wait. I see the medical officer examining the victim. He makes a sign, the subaltern strides forward, a single shot rings out. Life is now extinct We march back to breakfast This is war.' Brigadier-General Crozier describes an execution he has ordered of a man who fell asleep on sentry duty Much has been written about the 302 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were executed for military offences during the First World War, but there is usually only a passing reference to those who took part - the members of the firing squad, the officer in charge, the medical officer and the padre. What are their stories? Through extensive research, David Johnson explores the controversial story of the men forced to shoot their fellow Tommies, examining how they were selected, how they were treated before, during and after the executions and why there were so many procedural variations in the way that the executions were conducted. SELLING POINTS: "I aimed blindly and when the gu...

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