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Christmas with the GIs: How American
soldiers proved a huge hit with British
families during WWII as they ´filled the
chairs left empty by British fighting men´

Daily Mail [UK], by Lucy Crossley

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/26/2013 5:40:43 AM

Bearing gifts of extra rations, Coca Cola and nylon stockings it is no wonder that American GIs were popular house guests among British families during the Second World War. With British soldiers away in Europe, war-hit families were issued with an urgent plea to invite their US colleagues to share their Christmas celebrations. Faced with the prospect of their guests bringing extra food with them, families jumped at the chance to welcome the Americans into their homes, with some 50 invitations being offered for every GI, or Government Issue. For troops serving in a foreign land, far away from home, Christmas was

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: provide, 12/26/2013 7:49:54 AM     (No. 9668037)

What happened to "Over paid, over sexed and over here"?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: joew9, 12/26/2013 10:58:52 AM     (No. 9668254)

Use your best fake British accent.
"They are particularly popular with our dawturs. "

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bighambone, 12/26/2013 12:53:49 PM     (No. 9668471)

You have to remember that during the time after the Pearl Harbor attack that brought the USA into the Second World War, that the British ground forces were bearing the brunt of the heavy fighting in far off regions of North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and then in Italy, as first the US Army Air Corps set up bases in Eastern England for the heavy bombing offensive against the Nazis, and then as the US Army massively built up troop strength in England prior to the Normandy Invasion that took place in June 1944.

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