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The White Feather.

leefer

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/britain_wwone/shot_at_dawn_01.shtml

This subject has always fascinated me..also made me incredibly angry when ive heard accounts of the people shot by your own peers.
306 men shot for being scared or ill...the irony is if a german soldier deserted and was caught by us they were treated fairly in the main.
Bad enough to be executed for cowardice but it was usually carried out by the men you faught with...also the familys of these poor men ended up in a worse situation as well...often being sent white feathers through the post..which is a sign of cowardice.
The stigma must have been unbarable and of course the family didnt get the poor soldiers pension or widows benifit.
Campaigners finaly got all the men a posthumus pardon in 2006...90 years on.
To think we actually shot our own men in warfare less than one hundred years ago beggars belief.
 

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That's the thing with hindsight, we now know of 'shell shock' or what is called today Post traumatic stress syndrome.
It's also akin to Post natal depression, some women were put in asylums, and also subjected to electric shock treatment in later years.
Also, who would have thought of 'press ganging' to fill our warships.
Body snatching for medical research.

The list goes on and on. But that's history for you. Brutal at times.

I sometimes wonder how far we haven't come.

Steve.:)
 

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things change in some areas, but we still make terrible mistakes in others. In Australia currently there is much discussion about the fact that children who have been subjects of abuse, are forced to go for access visits to the abusive parent, by courts of law.

Beggars belief I agree, but not so much has changed as we would like to believe!
 

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