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Mutiny At Salerno: An Injustice Exposed

Mutiny At Salerno: An Injustice Exposed

by Saul David

Publisher Brassey's inc.

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In late September 1943, almost 200 veterans of General Montgomerys Eighth Army were arrested for refusing repeated orders to join units of the US Fifth Army at the Salerno beachhead in southern Italy. Within six weeks, all but one had been found guilty of mutiny, their sentences ranging from five years penal servitude to death.

Fifty years on, Saul David became the first military historian to gain access to the court martial papers normally restricted for 75 years. In addition to crucial defence documents and the testimony of eye-witnesses, these papers have enabled Saul David to expose:

How poorly-equipped Eighth Army veterans, some still recovering from wounds and illness, were needlessly sent as reinforcements to Salerno when Fifth Army men were available.

How transit camp authorities deliberately deceived the reinforcements as to their destination.

How the defence team at the trial was forced, by lack of time, lack of witnesses and the hostility of the court, to offer a case based on no evidence and doomed to fail.

How, after the humane intervention of the adjutant-general and the suspension of the sentences, insensitive staff officers and victimization in their new units caused many mutineers to desert.

How, as a result of their convictions, the former war heroes were stripped of their campaign and gallantry medals and branded as cowards.

Concluding that the men were victims of a terrible injustice, Mutiny at Salerno provides a compelling case for a free pardon.

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About the Author

Saul David

Saul David is a historian, broadcaster and the author of several critically acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction. His history books have been shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature and variously named a Waterstones Military History Book of the Year and an Amazon History Book of the Year. He is Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham.

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    Fine first edition with very little damage at all. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket with very slight bruising to the top and bottom of the spine. the colour in the dust jacket has faded slightly.

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