The question of "The Breaker's" innocence is still being debated more than a century after Lieutenant Harry Morant and Lieutenant Peter Handcock were shot on a lonely veldt outside Pretoria on 27 February, 1902, by a British military firing squad. This book includes an appendix containing evidence that Kitchener gave orders to 'take no prisoners'.
February 27, 2002 marks the centenary of the court martial and subsequent execution by firing squad of Second South Australian Mounted Rifleman, Lieutenant Harry "Breaker" Morant and Lieutenant Peter Handcock. Yes, the famous story of The Breaker is back under the legal spotlight and this time, says author Nick Bleszynski, perhaps justice will be done. It's 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 100 years ago. In every war there is a character like Morant - a rebellious Renaissance spirit who ends up on the wrong side of the "great cause" and is shot, imprisoned or sent to his certain death. Too many people have tried to put a halt to the "wheel of history" by insisting that all has now been revealed and theirs is the definitive word. But there's always more ... always, as this book will reveal.
Nick Bleszynski was born in Scotland and grew up in central and eastern Africa. After returning to the UK and graduating from Anglia University, he went into television and for more than 20 years has worked as a writer, producer and director for some of the world's biggest broadcasters. His films include: Bronzed Aussie Gods, a documentary on Australian beach culture (broadcast on ABC TV, Channel 5 UK and the National Geographic Channel USA); Restless Natives, about the disappearing world of the Ache Indians; Guns for Malta; and Hairaiser, an insider's look at the annual Dylan Dog International Horror Festival. Nick is the author of the bestselling Shoot Straight, You Bastards! The truth behind the killing of 'Breaker' Morant and You'll Never Take Me Alive: the life and death of bushranger Ben Hall
"Fascinating insight into Breaker Morant and the question of morality and human life."