Desertion FAQs:

Q: Is desertion the abandonment of a duty or post without permission and is done with the intention of not returning?

A: Yes.

Q: Was desertion especially common in 1814?

A: Yes, when enlistment bonuses were increased from $16 to $124, inducing many men to desert one unit and enlist in another to get two bonuses.

Q: Were desertions by "professional" bounty men?

A: Yes, and men who would enlist to collect the often large cash bonuses and then desert at the earliest opportunity to repeat another enlistment elsewhere.

Q: Was desertion in response to widespread Afghan opposition rather than personal aggravation towards the Soviet army?

A: Yes.

Q: Were desertions probably a response to the harsh weather conditions of the winter and immense field work required in the summer?

A: Yes.

Q: Was desertion a major factor for the Confederacy in the last two years of the war?

A: Yes.

Q: Is desertion found among Border Troops?

A: Yes, and ranging from 60–80% during the first year of the Soviet invasion.

Q: Is desertion controversial?

A: Yes, and particularly considering the age of some of the soldiers and the potential of shell-shock.

Q: Was desertion a massive drain on British army resources?

A: Yes, and despite the threat of court martial and the possibility of the capital punishment for the crime.