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A Different Standard

I decided to check into how many British and Canadian officers were executed during the First World War and compare that figure with the number of sergeants and warrant officers shot by firing squad. How many of you would be surprised to learn that there were two officers shot for desertion and while the figure for senior Non-Comissioned Officers was five? The number of officers and senior N.C.O.s serving would have been about equal. So, it would appear that working class soldiers were held to a higher standard than their officers. Or perhaps officers were more inclined to be sympathetic to fellow officers when it came to dealing with battle exhaustion. Or maybe men chosen for command by virtue of which school they went to rather than on the basis of merit  were indeed braver.

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