Desertion
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Desertion

Denotes a soldier’s unauthorized absence from his unit, without the permission of his superior officers. Related offences are “unauthorized absence” and “defection to the enemy.”

In common with all other legal offenses, desertion does not necessarily reflect objective circumstances, but depends on national legal provisions and their interpretation on a particular occasion, that is to say their practical application. In particular, the distinction between desertion, unauthorized absence, defection, refusal of wa…

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Jahr, Christoph, “Desertion”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 14 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0159>
First published online: 2015



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