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A conclusion not supported by the facts
on 19 March 2013
The biggest shortcoming of this book was it was written to support the wrong preconceived conclusion. The facts set out establish beyond a reasonable doubt that mutiny occurred. It is impossible to accept that more than 200 experienced soldiers who were together from 14 to 20 September at a split parade on that last day spontaneously decided to disobey an order to join new units and go to the front. Obviously they had decided in advance to defy the orders. It was more than a breakdown in militay discipline; it was a collective defiance of authority. There was no need for ringleaders, but proper leadership might have avoided the mutiny. The reasons for the defiance(whether in wartime or peace) are irrelevant. The real issues are firstly how it could have been prevented and who failed to prevent it, and secondly whether the actions taken afterwards were the correct ones, especially the charge of mutiny. It is a pity the book glossed over those real issues and sought to establish innocence. Do I feel sorry for those convicted and sentenced, yes I do for that should not have happened. Do I feel that those in command who failed these soldiers should have been held to account, yes I do. That is the great injustice of Salerno.