Meticulous research backed by eloquent and elegant writing which accommodates the pressures and values of the time, disproving the First World War myth which had terrified conscripts forced 'over the top' by uncaring officers, and rear-echelon generals handing out death sentences to any who shied away. (Brian James BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE (November 2003)
It is hard to describe a book on a subject as bleak as this as 'splendid' - but it is... This is a powerful, well-argued and clearexposition of the justice - both rough and tough - meted out. For the serious student of the Great War this book is a must because it exposes an aspect of that conflict's vast secret underbelly, which has been hidden far too long. (MILITARY MODELCRAFT June 2003 (also TOY SOLDIER)
The definitive and complete history of one of the most controversial aspects of the First World War: The story of British soldiers executed for cowardice and desertion.