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For the Sake of Example: Capital Courts Martial 1914-1918, the Truth (Penguin Classic Military History S.) Paperback – 28 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New edition edition (28 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141391006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141391007
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,682,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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346 officers and men were summarily executed at dawn following their court martials in the field between the outbreak of war in 1914 and the end of March 1920. Anthony Babington is the only writer who has been allowed access by the ministry of defence to all the files relating to these cases. He found that although the majority of the executed men were guilty, or technically guilty, of the charges laid against them, many were treated with considerable injustice and great inhumanity. This book reveals the grim and sometimes horrific details of the trials and executions. The disclosures it has revealed aroused a widespread sense of shame and have led to frequent parliamentry demands for posthumous pardons.

About the Author

Anthony Babington served in the Royal Ulster Rifles from 1939-1945. He was a Circuit Judge in London from 1972 until his retirement in 1988. His other books include A House in Bow Street, The English Bastille, and Military Intervention in Britain.

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