Memorial of the Corporals of Souain
Souain Corporals Affair – Four French soldiers with the rank of corporal are executed by firing squad at Souain-Perthes-lès-Hurlus, France after being convicted by courts-martial on charges on insubordination against General Géraud Réveilhac.
Critics of the affair argue the charges were made through a
“kangaroo court” and the men were scapegoated for the leadership
failings of the French Army senior staff. All four soldiers were later
pardoned posthumously. 
The events inspired the 1935 anti-war novel Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb, later adapted for film by Stanley Kubrick.


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