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The Killing of the Iron Twelve (Hardback)

An Account of the Largest Execution of British Soldiers on the Western Front in the First World War

WWI Prisoners Of War Military

By Hedley Malloch
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 246
ISBN: 9781526718570
Published: 8th July 2019


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Why did the Germans brutally and illegally execute a group of British soldiers who had been trapped behind the lines during the retreat to the Marne in 1914? Hedley Malloch, in this gripping and meticulously researched account, vividly describes the fate the soldiers on the run, and of the French civilians who sheltered them. He tells a dramatic and tragic story of escape, betrayals and punishment that also gives a fascinating insight into the life stories of the soldiers and civilians involved and the mind-set of the German army on the Western Front. The book names the German officers responsible for this atrocity, and explores their motivations.

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The Star (online), 21st August 2019 – words by Nigel Booth

This is an episode of WW1 with which i am not familiar, and one that I found particularly fascinating and, at the same time, harrowing. The author attempts to set the record straight by naming the perpetrators of this enormous outrage.

Books Monthly

Hedley Malloch, who is chair of the Iron Memorial fund and Honorary Life Member of the RMFA, has done a wonderful job with his book, a true memorial in its own right to those that were executed; innocent soldiers who just happened to find themselves on the wrong side of the lines.

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About Hedley Malloch

Hedley Malloch is Chair of the Iron Memorial Fund and an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Munster Fusiliers Association. He has taught management in business schools throughout Europe, latterly at the Catholic University of Lille. He holds a PhD awarded by the University of Glasgow. Now retired, he lives in Nottinghamshire.

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