Army & Navy - Report on the G.I.

Few weeks before Invasion Day, the south England village of Chandler's Ford awoke one morning to find it had become a concentration point for U.S. troops. None watched them more appraisingly than a British soldier's wife, Mrs. Joan Hopper, who had previously found that Americans seemed "just like us" (TIME, July 31). After they had left for France she wrote this report:

One night we were disturbed by the din of wheels and tracks for hours, and next morning we saw we were "invaded" by the American Army.

After then, we never knew when the roads would be empty...

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