'The 114th infantry in Paris, 14th July 1917'

Report urges French Government to reconsider executed First World War soldiers

Posted on centenarynews.com on 01 October 2013
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France 24 states that a report requested by the French Ministry of Veteran Affairs recommends that French First World War soldiers who were executed by their own side for desertion should be "officially considered under a new light". The report could lead to a pardon for those executed.

The report stated that "There is a large consensus in our society that the majority of them were not cowards, but decent soldiers, who performed their duties and did not deserve to die..." and suggested that a "formal declation... that these soldiers also, in a certain way, ‘died protecting France’, would serve a sort of moral and civic pardon".

To read the full article, visit the France 24 website here.

Date of article publication: 01/10/2013

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Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News