Monday, May 26, 2014

May

26

1944

George Orwell on Anglo-American relations

GI Brides: Scrawled across the tent left by one of the United States soldiers who took part in the first Allied landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944, was the message "Sorry Jean, had to go, Johnny." Many couples did not have a chance to say goodbye because of the secrecy surrounding preparations for D-Day.

Some of these girls are being educated for their life in a new country at the ‘Schools for Brides of U.S. Servicemen’ organized by the American Red Cross. Here they are taught practical details about American manners, customs and traditions — and also, perhaps, cured of the widespread illusion that every American owns a motor car and every American house contains a bathroom, a refrigerator and an electric washing-machine.