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    Any thoughts on the execution of 23 Canadian soldiers for desertion?
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    Re: The execution of Canadian soldiers

    Originally posted by dannybou
    Any thoughts on the execution of 23 Canadian soldiers for desertion?
    Certainly they were not the only soldiers so treated - several French troops were executed, both for desertion and for the mutinies. An considerable number of Germans also were executed.

    Given the terrible nature of the war - experiences that no person, military or civilian, could have predicted, execution was rather a harsh sentence. Had Generals Haig, Joffre, Ludendorff or others spent weeks or months at the front, it is certain that a number of them would have deserted as well. The image of General Haig sitting in his villa having breakfast while signing an execution order is facetious beyond description. The same goes, of course, for the others.
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      Especially given Petain's conduct during WW II.
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      PATRIA SI, COMUNISMO NO

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        Originally posted by SGT Long
        Especially given Petain's conduct during WW II.
        Yeah, regardless of his age, I have no idea why he was not executed for treason.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by hogdriver
          Yeah, regardless of his age, I have no idea why he was not executed for treason.
          Petain had been sentenced to death but it was commuted to life imprisonement. He died in prison in 1951.

          Why was it commuted? His age and his past service in WW1 I would assume...
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          • #6
            I didn't know about these excutions.
            In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.

            -Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronte, KB, RN

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