War Diaries Talk


  • Stork by Stork

    This is a diary written by a Lieut. He tells his men to take no notice of any order from a Colonel. Isn't this a serious offense for which he could receive severe punishment?


  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Here is a List of Military crimes – punishment includes - Disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer.

    Link: http://www.1914-1918.net/crime.htm


  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    It's very unusual to see a subaltern so explicitly saying that, but I assume this wasn't meant for general consumption. Obviously disobeying an order was a very serious offence, but in the sort of situation they were in, where communication was pretty sketchy, they would likely have had more opportunity to claim they'd never received the order or that it had been slow getting through to the battery, rather than that they were deliberately ignoring it. They obviously thought it was worth taking the risk of punishment in order to engage the enemy in this case.