East Anglia’s Friendly Invasion
On this fascinating tour of England’s East Anglia region, you will immerse yourself in the story of the hundreds of thousands of American men and women who arrived in Britain in 1942 to provide naval, ground and air support for campaigns against Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
After World War II, America airbases continued to operate in many places in the UK until the fall of the Berlin Wall led to a gradual withdrawal, so that there is now only one remaining American airbase at RAF Lakenheath near Cambridge.
Over this period American service personnel, their families, culture and beliefs built a profound connection with the Britain and the East Anglia region in particular. We will discover what life was like for the local residents who experienced this “Friendly Invasion” and the human stories of the American service personnel – from graffiti in the Eagle Bar to the American Military cemeteries and the American Air Museum in Duxford.
You will see the first stained glass window, the earliest English epic, and the finest illuminated manuscript ever made and will discover an era of history that was anything but “Dark”.
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