Americans in Britain during WW2.

Discussion in 'General' started by Madrid, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Madrid

    Madrid Junior Member

    ¡Please, help me!. I need to talk in university about americans in britain during WW2, the relations beetwen americans and britains. I know the americans stayed from 1942 to 1945. But why? How where the relations between them? Thanks for helping me.
    The biggest information the better. If you are from Spain you can say to me in Spanish please? Thanks a lot.
  2. urqh

    urqh Senior Member

    your obviously in a rush..but if you are not..purchase the book "over there"
  3. urqh

    urqh Senior Member

    sorry that should be...over here byj.gardiner.
  4. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    The relation between the US forces in Britain and the British during WW2 could be summed up with this item;

    The British position - the Yanks are over payed, over dressed, over sexed and over here.

    The US position - the Brits are under payed, under dressed, under sexed and under IKE.

    I'll be heading out now....:D
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  5. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

  6. urqh

    urqh Senior Member

    and they stole my dads wallet..
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    My Mum & her schoolmates used to ask them, 'Got any gum, chum?'
  8. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    The Jocks liked fighting them.!!!
  9. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    and they stole my dads wallet..

    They stole my uncles wife!
  10. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Grandparents took in various 'stray' Yanks, fed them, looked after them, had parties for them - in Dad's album there are pics of US servicemen who he met at his home when back on leave.

    His good friend and neighbour became a war bride to one of them and they ended up in Nebraska after the war. Sadly both now deceased.
  11. ChrisM

    ChrisM Member


    There was a large US base at a place called Pheasey, on the outskirts of Birmingham. There is an interesting thread about it on the Birmingham History Forum which might provide a bit more information about the Americans in England. It's here: US Base Pheasey Estate - Birmingham History Forum

    I wrote a bit about my own encounters. I was eight years old at the time:

    I remember meeting a soldier based at Pheasey. He was a gentle, softly-spoken lad called Bob, of perhaps nineteen or twenty. He was almost certainly the first American I ever met. My seventeen-year-old sister had befriended him either at the ice-rink or at some local dance. (What freedoms even well brought-up young girls were permitted in those days, despite the area being thronged with licentious soldiery). He had been wounded in Normandy and I am not sure whether he was destined to return to active combat - at any rate he definitely survived the war. He hailed from somewhere in the mid-West, in the bible belt. He wasn't pemitted to mention the extent of his injury in letters home and so my father undertook to write to his parents on his behalf. A grateful reply appeared many weeks later in which was enclosed a colour leaflet describing the home town - I wish I had registered which it was - and marked up to show where Bob had gone to school, the church at which he and the family worshipped and other landmarks.

    Bob visited us quite a few times, often bringing a precious can of peaches and perhaps a packet of chewing gum or sweets for me. He must have walked - we were two or three miles away from Pheasey; and probably on the odd occasion my father used some of his essential user's petrol allowance to run him back at night. He was there for our 1944 Chistmas dinner to share our cockerel, a real treat. I can see him now, sitting on the other side of our dining table in his smart private's uniform with its smooth, good quality cloth - so different from my father's rough, Home Guard battledress, put away for good only a couple of weeks earlier. He ate in a manner which always intrigued me but which I was forbidden to imitate: knife in only occasional use and for most of the time lodged on the far side of the plate whilst the main work was done by the fork held in the right hand. I was assured by my parents privately that this was not the sign of an inadequate upbringing - it was how Americans did it.

    At some stage Bob disappeared from the scene. He was probably posted away, perhaps back to France, perhaps elsewhere in this country. I was not conscious of his departure although I may have been present on the day of his last visit. I remember him offering my sister one of his insignia - a wide, slim, metal, pin-on badge depicting an army rifle. In fact he offered her two versions of this: one a dull, well-worn thing, perhaps his everyday one, the other pristine, gleaming, the colours bright. He asked her which one she would like. I knew that the polite thing would be to choose the scruffy one. I was shocked therefore to see my sister point to the new, gleaming version. Forever after I recalled it as the first example I had seen of the single-mindedness of the female of the species in pursuit of what she wants. It's only as I write this, though, 63 years later, that it occurs to me that what Bob was offering her as an alternative was perhaps something really precious to him - the insignia which had accompanied him through thick and thin and which many years in the future he would be able to show to his (probably yawning) grandchildren as he told them tales of his time in Europe. I'm glad, now, that my sister grabbed the new one, fresh out of its cellophane wrapper.

    Good luck with your project, Madrid.

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  12. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    One American, made a hit with my fathers younger sister and they both married in 1944.

    Sadly my uncle passed away quite a few years ago ago, but my Aunt is still alive and living in Morrisville Pennsylvania.

    My Uncle Ron worked at BAD2 at Warton, near Preston.

  13. L J

    L J Senior Member

    a good source is :Rich Relations:The American occupation of Britain from David Reynolds
  14. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    and they stole my dads wallet..
    You burnt me last time on the other forum with a similar post, and once is enough. It was a good one though....
  15. urqh

    urqh Senior Member

    teach a yank to fish...
  16. urqh

    urqh Senior Member

    seriously though tge over here book is good. illustrations/original pics/cartoons etc are superb Deals with social and military aspects..from first arrivals in ulster inc pic of supposed first unit level color problems..violence..executions..8th air force christmas name it its there..
  17. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  18. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    Also, the movie "Yanks" might provide some good source material....
  19. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    According to the Germans it was like this:

  20. Alan Allport

    Alan Allport Senior Member

    Interestingly, however, an army chaplain conducted an extensive survey during the war and found that fewer than 1 in 20 cases of adultery by servicemen's wives involved foreign troops. The average British soldier, obsessed though he might have been by the thought of his sweetheart being wooed by nyolon-and-chocolate-bearing Yanks, was three times more likely to be cuckolded by one of his own comrades ...
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