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By Sam Edwards

Amidst the ruins of postwar Europe, and simply because the chilly warfare dawned, many new memorials have been devoted to these americans who had fought and fallen for freedom. a few of these monuments, plaques, stained-glass home windows and different commemorative signposts have been validated by means of brokers of the U.S. executive, in part within the carrier of transatlantic international relations; a few have been equipped by means of American veterans' teams mourning misplaced comrades; and a few have been supplied through thankful and grieving ecu groups. because the conflict receded, Europe additionally turned the positioning for other kinds of yank commemoration: from the sombre and solemn battlefield pilgrimages of veterans, to the political theatre of Presidents, to the construction and intake of commemorative souvenirs. With a selected specialise in strategies and practices in distinctive areas of Europe - Normandy and East Anglia - Sam Edwards tells a narrative of postwar Euro-American cultural touch, and of the acts of transatlantic commemoration that this bequeathed.

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Writing of the British countryside, Hoskins explained that ‘[a]irfields have flayed it bare wherever there are level, well-drained stretches of land, above all in eastern England. 23 The cultural impact of these outposts of America also rather perturbed many locals. 24 The American bomber crews who flew from these aerodromes were engaged in one of the most destructive battles of the European war. Disregarding the experience of Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command (which flew by night), and in adherence to a distinctly American understanding of air power, the leaders of the Eighth sent their massed fleets of bombers into battle by daylight.

38 Considered in this context, the poetry of Randall Jarrell, a wartime member of the USAAF, provides sobering reading. 40 The second psychological challenge experienced by many airmen concerned the fact that their war left behind no battlefield to mark, nor, at 33 34 35 37 38 39 40 Miller, Eighth Air Force, pp. 89–96. See too M. K. Wells, Courage and Air Warfare: The Allied Aircrew Experience in the Second World War (London: Routledge, 1995). For details about contemporary views, see D. W. Hastings, D.

Ragon, The Space of Death: A Study of Funerary Architecture, Decoration and Design, trans. by A. Sheridan (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1995), p. 19. Miller, Eighth Air Force, p. 2. 48 Ibid. 49 Steinbeck, Once There Was a War, p. 24. A. T. , 1968), p. 201. M. Francis, The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), p. 4. E. Bendiner, The Fall of the Fortresses (London: The Souvenir Press, 1980), p. 145; R. R. Grinker and J. P. Spiegel, Men under Stress (Philadelphia: Blakiston, 1945), pp.

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