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Punishment for self-inflicted injury

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  1. Riter

    Riter Active Member

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    Soldiers who suffered a wound in the hand or foot could have those wounds examined for evidence of powder burns, raising suspicion of self-inflicted injury.

    What was the punishment after court-martial in the British, American, German or "glorious" Soviet Red Army?
     
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    ..good question....I take it there weren't too ''many'' of those--so there would not be too many records of them....?..then, how many would be made public?.....then how many of the medics would turn the person in? yes, ''suspicion'' -...., how many COs would want to '''waste'' time on it?
     
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    The penalty would be for rendering their self unfit for duty. So a "dereliction of duty" charge would be filed.

    The "damaging government property" thing is a myth and a joke.

    This is only for the US military, I can't speak for the other services.
     
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    Read somewhere that the German Army would shoot them.
     
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    In the First World War self mutilation in the trenches carried the death penalty. In thi case two indian soldiers were sentanced to death, but their sentence was commuted to 2 years RI (Imprisonment?)
    Self-harm and hand wounding - The National Archives
     
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    In the Red Army, the soldier who did such a thing, would feel lucky to be sent to a punishment battalion. It wasn't quite a death sentence but damn close. Only death or wounding would get you out of it.
     
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    I think often the penalty battalion but it could be instant death..
     
  8. harolds

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    Yes, it could be summary execution, and in fact probably was in most cases.
     
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    Even for other reasons. A Half a dozen Finnish soldiers refused to cross the old Fiinnish-Soviet border in late 1941 and Mannerheim gave the order to shoot them.
     

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