Monday, July 25, 2011


In June 1944, Britain was an armed camp. There were a million and a half American GIs in the country. “Overpaid, oversexed, and over here,” the Brits grumbled. There were a quarter million young Canadians, too, with libidos equivalent to the Americans, but they weren’t resented at all. Maybe it was that they wore British battledress and deferred to royalty, despite their horrible accents. Whatever; in the build-up to the invasion, supplies and men continued to pour in from “America”, which for convenience sake included Canada. Not for the first time, nor the last, the Yanks got all the credit.

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