Armistice executions

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The Independent Online
DOCUMENTS released yesterday under the 75-year rule show that the army shot two soldiers for desertion four days before the end of the First World War. One man had a family history of mental illness.

The Commander in Chief, Field Marshal Douglas Haig, who argued strongly that executions were necessary to prevent mass desertions, approved both sentences in the week before the Armistice.

Papers released, page 3