WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Executed, 100 Years Ago

Color portrait of Cavell. (Credit: Wellcome Library)

At dawn on October 12, 1915, World War I nurse Edith Cavell was shot by a German firing squad on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. The 49-year-old Englishwoman had been condemned to death for helping run an underground network that spirited some 200 Allied soldiers out of German-occupied territory. Her execution caused an outrage both in Britain and abroad, and became a recurring motif in Allied propaganda for the rest of the war. Get the story of one of the most celebrated female heroes of World War I.

WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Executed, 100 Years Ago

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