Articles from War2War: Queen Elizabeth and Eddie Slovik
Queen Elizabeth during WW2
Queen Elizabeth was a soldier during World War Two. In February 1945 king Georg’s VI oldest daughter joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service. The new member of ATS received number 230873. Elisabeth was trained as a driver and mechanic, drove a military truck, and was promoted to honorary Junior Commander. Today the queen is the last surviving head of state who served in uniform during the War.
Edward Donald “Eddie” Slovik
Edward Donald “Eddie” Slovik was born 18 February 1920 in Detroit in the United States, died on 31 January 1945 in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines was congregations in the US Army during World War II, and the only American soldier has been executed for desertion since the American Civil War.
Although more than 21,000 US soldiers were convicted of desertion during World War II, including 49 death sentences were Slovik´s death penalty the only one that was completed.
It was erected court martial against Slovik on 11 November 1944. The panel of nine court-martial members found him guilty and sentenced him to death. The verdict came as a shock to Slovik, who had waited imprisonment and dismissal in disgrace. The execution by firing squad was completed on 31 January 1945 clock 10:04 near the village of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. He was buried at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, a war cemetery for convicts American soldiers during World War II.
Slovik’s execution was the basis for a 1954 book by William Bradford Huie. In 1974, the book was adapted for a TV movie starring Martin Sheen and also called “The Execution of Private Slovik”.
Slovik said before the execution: “Everything happens to me. I’ve never had a streak of luck in my life!”