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British First World War Executions During the First World War, the British army executed more than 300 of its own soldiers who were convicted of cowardice. Many of these troops had suffered mental breakdowns because of the horrors of trench warfare. A movement is now afoot to have them posthumously pardoned.
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Added: 21st July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-07-22 
I'm sure it's happened to our own troops as well, throughout our wars. And it's still just as much of an injustice now as it was then.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-07-22 
A couple of years ago in Canada there was an excellent documentary about the 80 or so Canadians who had been shot at dawn--the euphemism for being executed in the First World War. Some were indeed cowards, but others were truly mentally ill and needed psychological help. A few were executed for ridiculous infractions. One man was shot for losing his cap! I think each case should be individually examined. If a pardon is merited, so be it.
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