Synopses & Reviews
The controversial story of the men forced to shoot their fellow Tommiesandquot;A volley rings outandmdash;a nervous volley it is true, yet a volley. Before the fatal shots are fired I had called the battalion to attention. There is a pause, I wait. I see the medical officer examining the victim. He makes a sign, the subaltern strides forward, a single shot rings out. Life is now extinct . . . We march back to breakfast . . . This is war.andquot;
Brigadier-General Crozier describes an execution he has ordered of a man who fell asleep on sentry duty. Much has been written about the 346 men who were executed in WW1 but there is usually only a passing reference to those who took partandmdash;the members of the firing squad, the officer in charge, the medical officer, and the padre. What are their stories? Through extensive research, David Johnson explores how they were selected and how they were treated before, during, and after the executions, and why there were so many procedural variations in the way that the executions were conducted.
The true story behind the "man who spared Hitler's life" during World War I
This is a book about two men. The first is Henry Tandey: an ordinary man, born and brought up in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, who displayed extraordinary courage to emerge from World War I as the most decorated British soldier to survive the war. The second is Adolf Hitler who served in the Great War and went on to become one of the most infamous dictators in history, who brought the world to the brink of destruction during World War II. It seems unlikely that their fates should collide. Yet, in 1938, Hitler named Tandey as the soldier who spared his life in the aftermath of the Battle of Marcoing in September 1918. This book will tell the story of Henry's and Hitler's war, the moment when their lives became intertwined, whether Hitler told the truth about the battle, and how Henry lived with the stigma of being the man who let Hitler live.
About the Author
David Johnson is a World War I historian who became fascinated by the story of Henry Tandey during a visit to Flanders Fields. General Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL is a retired British Army officer.