Innocence under fire

From medieval times to the modern day, young children have been put to tragic use in warfare. Emma Butcher and James Rogers tell their story

Two Hitler Youth who have surrendered to Allied Forces, Germany, 1945. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the July 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine 

1) Children of “hard flesh”

Wrenched from their homes at the age of seven, Sparta’s boys were battle-ready by 20

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