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SHOWING SENSE, SHELLSHOCK OR COWARDICE? August 16, 2006

Posted by wmmbb in Category to be ascribed.
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Harry Farr, photo via The Guardian.
Photograph: PA

History was only yesterday. The people who lived then were just like us, even if at that time we had not been thought of.

The Guardian reports:

All 306 British first world war soldiers executed for desertion or cowardice are to be pardoned, Des Browne, the defence secretary, will announce today.

For 90 years, families, friends and campaigners for the young soldiers have argued that their deaths were a stain on the reputation of Britain and the army.

In many cases, soldiers were clearly suffering from shellshock but officers showed no compassion for fear that their comrades would have disobeyed orders and refused to go “over the top”.

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