France pressured to remember WW1 soldiers executed for 'cowardice'


Next year's first world war centenary, to be launched by François Hollande, may include memorial for the 600 young men shot by firing squad.

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They were mostly young, rank-and-file soldiers, exhausted and shell-shocked after months of what was considered the world's must brutal war. One day they simply refused to take part in another raid that involved running out over the top of their trench, ignored orders or refused to get in line for inspection, reports The Guardian.