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Shot at Dawn: Executions in World War One by Authority of the British Army Act Hardcover – 16 Mar 1998

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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; 7th Revised edition edition (16 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850526132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850526134
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Putkowski's research about British and Colonial army mutinies in the Great war has been featured in several TV programs.

Sykes is currently employed in local government.


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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book, as it was sold as a new and updated version, but despite the court martial documents having been available for some years some basic errors are uncorrected, e.g. stating that Oyns was shot for desertion, whereas he was really shot for murder. On following up some of the references quoted I found that some have been taken out of context and used selectively to represent the authors' views. This sad episode of history appears to be used to make a political point, instead of presenting an unbiased account.
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Format: Hardcover
Despite new evidence being available this 'updated' version is still pervaded by the limitations of the original research. As this is such an emotive and controversial subject you would do far better to read 'Blindfold and Alone' instead, based on more recent and comprehensive research and with fewer value-judgements.
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This excellent publication was used by my wife and I in our self-imposed quest to visit the grave or commemoration site of every soldier and sailor executed on the Western Front during WW1.We found the book invaluable as we first of all covered the salient at Ieper and then worked our way southwards ending up in the City of Paris itself.The book was carried with us at all times and we read out the various reports at each graveside.Without the aid of this book we would have had an impossible task but we finally managed to locate them all eventually even finding the two lads executed in Paris and later re-interred in a second cemetery.Well Done the two authors for this excellent book.
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Yes these executions of our soldiers who for one reason or another refused to go "over the top" was simply to deter others doing exactly the same but in all honesty these victims were probably suffering all kinds of psychological problems such as shell shock and PTSD which today we understand. Why would any man almost consign himself to be executed rather than going over the top where they might just survive the German machine guns....Just so so sad. Lions led by lambs.
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If you'll pardon the pun, Julian Putkowski's book detailing the 'Shot at Dawn' executions of the First World War is well executed and an excellent account of his detailed research. It is easy to follow and contains some very moving accounts.
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