Army & Navy: The Black Hole of Le Mans

In the Army's records, it was listed as the Loire Detention Training Center at Le Mans, but in the memories of G.I.s the institution (100 miles southwest of Paris) was the "Continental Stockade." Whether they had suffered its rigors while confined for offenses against military law, or whether they had merely observed them from the outside, the men agreed that it had been tough—like Lichfield, England (TIME, Dec. 31, Jan. 14). There was no question that the Army's policy had been to make detention so uncomfortable that the prisoners would prefer combat duty; the question now was whether the Continental Stockade...

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