Shoot Straight, You Bastards! The Truth behind the Killing of Breaker Morant
The truth behind the killing of 'Breaker' Morant .Murder or justice? This question has still been fiercely debated a century after lieutenant Harry Morant and Lieutenant Peter Hancock were shot on a lonely veldt outside Pretoria at dawn on 27 February 1902, by a British military firing squad. They were found guilty by Court Martial of murdering Boer prisoners, but claimed they were received orders from Lord Kitchener to 'take no prisoners' a charge both denied.
The question of "The Breaker's" innocence is still being fiercely debated more than a century after Lieutenant Harry Morant and Lieutenant Peter Handcock were shot on a lonely veldt outside Pretoria at dawn on 27 February, 1902, by a British military firing squad. Shoot Straight, You Bastards! is a universal account of greed, ambition and the power of the political machine that crushes anyone who gets in the way. In much the same way that Bruce Beresford's award-winning feature film Breaker Morant captured the popular imagination, Shoot Straight, You Bastards! is an explosive read, as controversial an event today as it was 101 years ago.
In every war there is a character like Morant - a rebellious spirit who ends up on the wrong side of the "great cause". This updated edition includes an appendix containing dramatic new evidence that Kitchener gave orders to "take no prisoners".
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