The definitive history of the British soldiers executed by their own Army during the First World War
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 new 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.
Colonel John Hughes-Wilson, who retired from the British Intelligence Corps after 30 years' service that included the Falklands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and the desert as well as the jungles of Whitehall, is an author, broadcaster and lecturer, who specialises in military history and intelligence.