After the shame of 1871, and the humiliating failure of Plan XVII in August 1914, the French General Staff blamed their troops. Joffre removed any form of legal safeguard or political control from the system of military justice. The result was arbitrary injustice, whereby over 477 soldiers were shot by April 1916 when political supervision was restored.

'The Ed Shed', The Folk of Gloucester Centre, Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG. (Enter via rear on Quay Street)
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