Army & Navy - Black-Marketeers

The scandalous G.I. cigaret shortage in France aroused the Army to swift action. Last week, after nearly two months of careful undercover work, investigators announced their first big haul. Arrested at various posts between Cherbourg and Paris, close to 200 soldiers, including two officers, confessed to receiving a total of $200,000 from black-market sales of-stolen cigarets.

Other individual cases, dealing with gasoline, food and arms, involved even more sizable sums. But for every G.I. arrested, ten French civilians have been taken into custody.

Provost Marshal Major General Milton A. Reckord, calling the crimes the worst kind of sabotage and disloyalty, revealed...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!