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.