Letter: Lessons of war?

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Tim Field (letters, 13 November) should make up his mind. Either the Great War soldiers executed for cowardice were guilty, in which case a pardon (forgiveness for a wrong committed) is appropriate, or they were innocent, in which case a pardon (by confirming their guilt) would be a further slur on their reputations. Which does he want?

Incidentally, how does he know all the details of each case to determine innocence of the executed, and malice of the prosecutors and judges, when the records are so sketchy?