ARMY & NAVY: Garsson Sequel


When the Senate War Investigating Committee set off its explosion of scandals about the Garsson brothers' string of 4.2 mortar-shell factories (TIME, July 15, et seq.), it also touched off a series of reports that many hundreds of U.S. soldiers had been killed or maimed by defective mortars.

Last week a report by the Army's Chemical Warfare Service told the sad, but not scandalous, facts: 38 officers and enlisted men had been killed and 127 wounded by faulty mortar fire; the casualties were caused by only 63 misfirings out of some 4,000,000 rounds; the defects were in the fuzes,...

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