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Rich Relations: The American Occupation Of Britain, 1942-1945 David Reynolds

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  1. Owen

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    Just ordered this book as lately I've been chatting with US members who had relatives 'over here' during the war.
    Thought it about time I read a bit more about US subjects & thought it apt to read up on the US invasion of the British Home Front .
    Anyone else read it?
    If so what did you think of the book?
     
  2. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    I've got it, Owen. Thought it was a great book, and went into quite a lot of detail of about everyday life for the GIs.
     
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    I agree
     
  4. Owen

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    Cheers chaps.
    I've been off WW2 books for awhile now.
    After so many years reading them I got a bit depressed reading about death & destruction all the time.
     
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    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    Have a look at Juliet Gardiner's over here too in that case.
     
  6. Owen

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    I saw that in local library awhile back but was looking for something else so didn't get it out.
    Went to get it out months later & it was gone.
    Cheers for the reminder about it, I'd forgotten the author & thought it was the one I was ordering.
     
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    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    I had a copy but sent it to one of our American members on here...Brilliant book with some good pics and illustrations.
     
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    They've still never thanked us for all the Spam we brought...
     
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    I just ordered Rich Relations. It should be here in a few days. I'm curious to read it.
     
  10. Owen

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    My copy arrived ok earlier.
    Thicker than I thought it would be.
    Just have to finish another book first I bought in the '£1 Shop'.
    The Limit: Life and Death in Formula One's Most Dangerous Era
    by Michael Cannell
     
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    I hope to have my copy in few days. I'm more curious than ever.
     
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    Looks interesting but I am in the middle of a long line of Terry Pratchett books.
     
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    Finished reading it today.
    It covers everything from the big political decisions to war babies & GI brides .
    Quite a bit on segregation & how British/Commonwealth Blacks were seen by white GIs.
    Worth a read if you can get a copy.
     
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    I got my copy. Right now, I'm nearly done Monuments Men. I think it will be next.
     
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    I'm that American member Urgh mentioned and must thank him again for sending me his copy of "Over Here". A great read. I'll look into getting "Rich Relations:" to add to the library.
    One must remember that whenever you have a large influx of virile, dashingly good looking men arriving in a far off land, jealousy will almost always be a factor. Here we were, in the prime of our lives, fresh from the 'Land of Plenty', Ready - Willing and Able to assist our Cousins across the Pond in the fight against Fascist Tyranny. Top that off with a little spare change in our pockets (and good teeth) how could we not be seen as conquering Heroes to the impressionable young damsels of Great Britain?
     
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    KodiakBeer - I shall petition the British Government on your behalf to obtain a formal thank you for the Spam. (I have friends in high places you know!) However, In return we wish an apology from the USA for the tins of dried egg powder. And was it you lot that sent the whale meat?
     
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    It was probably "those people" and by those people I mean the Canadians. It's just like them to show up at a war with a few tins of whale meat and some maple syrup.
     
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    Just finished Rich Relations (slow, I know). The book was a real eye-opener. I always thought the GIs fit well into Britain. Boy, was I wrong. Those comparatively few who stayed with families had a far different experience than those who didn't. I also didn't realize that so many GIs (at one point, over a million) stayed in England during the build-up to D-Day. There is so much more to be found here, from marriages to the differing attitudes of the many commanders, that I have a hard time summarizing it fairly. A must read for WW2 afficianados.
     

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