National Affairs: The Colonel & the Private

In a former ballroom of Bad Nauheim's plush Park Hotel, the most shocking Army scandal of World War II reached its climax last week. Grim and flushed, his green eyes squinting belligerently through steel-rimmed glasses, Colonel James A. Kilian, for 26 months commandant of the notorious 10th Reinforcement Depot at Lichfield (England), heard an Army court-martial pronounce its verdict: not guilty of "knowingly" condoning the brutalities practiced in Lichfield's prison stockade, but guilty of "permitting" them. The sentence: a $500 fine, an official reprimand.

This wrist-slap satisfied no one but the Army's brasshats, who were only too glad to see the...