British Military Flogging

British Military Flogging: Early nineteenth century.
"The victim is closely observed by the regimental surgeon (dark coat) and, to his left, the sergeant-major of the regiment keeps a tally of the strokes inflicted, the drummers tapping a single beat every time the lash falls...  One soldier in the unit, which has been paraded to watch the grisly spectacle, has been overcome by the sight and fainted."   "Flogging was a time-honoured ritual punishment, carried out in front of the victim's fellow soldiers in order to impress them with the consequences of offending against military.  It was  defended as the most effective way of maintaining discipline... Field Marshal Viscount Wolseley wrote that it was 'cheap, simple, and withdrew the soldier from his duty for the shortest possible time'. Illustration and excerpts from Gone For A Soldier by Victor Neuburg.
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