Friday 23 February 2018

Don Lavery: Pardon in offing for deserters, but what they did was wrong

SOLDIERS have deserted from armies for hundreds of years for different reasons and are still doing it -- and they have been dealt with most harshly when it has been in the face of the enemy.

During World War Two, it was common practice for the Red Army to station soldiers behind their own attacking forces to shoot down those who were retreating or deserting -- and the Nazis did the same in the closing days of that conflict.

Ireland was neutral in World War Two, but it faced the same fate as the rest of Europe when the Nazi Blitzkrieg rolled over most of that continent.

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