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Who Needed To Escape?

As the German Army pushed deeper into France large numbers of Allied soldiers; many wounded, became cut off from their units and got left behind. They went into hiding. Belgian men of military age and some Frenchmen also wanted to leave the country. At the end of October 1914 the Germans warned that they should give themselves up as prisoners and that those who attempted to assist them would be severely punished.

Edith Cavell knew that conveying troops to the enemy in a planned and premeditated fashion was treason under German military law. As such it was punishable by death.  There is no doubt that she was fully involved and when interrogated she provided names and addresses of accomplices, explained where funding had been sourced and accepted that she had helped some 200 men. 
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