TRAVEL: Invasion, 1952

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Not since D-day had Europe seen such an American invasion. From Land's End to the toe of Italy, tourists established beachheads at bars and hotels, and wave after wave of reinforcements came ashore.

In Britain, they hunted down the graves of ancestors, drove about the Lake District, walked the streets of London with tireless energy. Outside Buckingham Palace, they stood with cameras at the ready, as if waiting for the Queen to wave to them from the windows. They toured the Tower, St. Paul's and Westminster Abbey ("Is this really the coronation...

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