Allies in Memory: World War II and the Politics by Sam Edwards

By Sam Edwards

Amidst the ruins of postwar Europe, and simply because the chilly battle dawned, many new memorials have been devoted to these american citizens who had fought and fallen for freedom. a few of these monuments, plaques, stained-glass home windows and different commemorative signposts have been proven by way of brokers of the USA govt, in part within the provider of transatlantic international relations; a few have been equipped by way of American veterans' teams mourning misplaced comrades; and a few have been supplied by way of thankful and grieving eu groups. because the warfare receded, Europe additionally grew to become the location for different 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 particular specialise in procedures and practices in targeted 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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Grant, ‘Raising the Dead: War, Memory and American National Identity’, Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 11 (2005): pp. 509–529. Old World and New World 21 and artistically questionable activities of other collectives, particularly American veterans’ groups and State governments. Nonetheless, whilst the French and Belgian landscapes certainly did not become, in terms of the number of memorials, a ‘second Gettysburg’,20 they did witness the erection of numerous markers and monuments. American military elites and veterans in Europe As noted above, amongst the main reasons why the ABMC wanted to prevent veterans’ groups from erecting their own memorials in Europe was that they feared a repetition of what happened on Civil War battlefields in the 1880s and 1890s.

P. Spiegel, Men under Stress (Philadelphia: Blakiston, 1945), pp. 95–97. ‘Here we are together’ 39 destruction and pastoral perfection, death and life, war and peace, earth and sky, horror and beauty, all existed in uncomfortable tension. The practices of commemoration would have to find a path through these contrasts, these opposites, in order to frame a consoling image of air war. ‘Sacrifice and unselfish devotion’: constructing American military memory One of the earliest of the American memorials erected in East Anglia stands in the village of Great Ashfield in Suffolk.

299. Arbib, Notebook of an American Soldier, p. 19. Reynolds, Rich Relations, pp. 294–296. M. Sherry, The Rise of American Air Power: The Creation of Armageddon (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987), esp. pp. 47–75. 26 On just one mission in the summer of 1943, for example, of the 291 American aircraft that left East Anglia, 77 did not return. 27 The number of people the Eighth, in turn, were responsible for killing is difficult to estimate; ‘precision’ bombing certainly did not eliminate civilian casualties.

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