Lichfield: The U. S. Army on Trial
Lichfield: The U.S. Army on Trial chronicles a series of courts-martial held at the end of World War II, precipitated by events at an infamous U.S. Army replacement depot near Lichfield, England, which the Army newspaper The Stars and Stripes characterized as "a concentration camp run by Americans for American soldiers." The book details the trials, with witnesses voluntarily returning to the stand to purge themselves of perjury, and with a conspiracy brewing to create a mistrial. In its vivid portrayal of these events, the book becomes a study of the moral obligation of military personnel in time of war, an examination of the Nürnberg defense, and an inquiry into a soldier's right to refuse an unlawful order.
Gieck presents chilling testimony (including blatant perjury, some of it later recanted) and quotes transcripts of the proceedings sufficient to make one wonder if the term ""military justice"" might be an oxymoron. —Stone and Stone Second World War Books
University of Akron Press
Military History, Ethics, Court cases
Military History | Military, War, and Peace
Gieck, Jack, "Lichfield: The U. S. Army on Trial" (1997). The University of Akron Press Publications. 36.