Army & Navy - MORALE: Disorder in the Court

The dingy courtroom in London's Grosvenor Square was crowded with G.I.s. On its 48th day, the trial of a prison guard from the U.S. Army's loth Reinforcement Depot at Lichfield was still a big attraction for men who remembered the planned brutalities, the beatings, the dosing with castor oil, which had made Lichfield infamous (TIME, Jan. 14).

Half an hour late, in strode imperious Colonel James Alphonse Kilian, former commandant of the depot. In barrel-organ tones he demanded to see the order convening the court. The president banged his gavel to silence the belligerent witness. Kilian called for a comfortable chair—...

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