THE NATION: The Wrong Ambassadors

It was a difficult thing for U.S. correspondents to write about, but in intermittent dispatches they were sending back a disturbing story. The behavior of U.S. soldiers abroad, particularly in the liberated countries of Europe, has left a bad taste in the mouths of all concerned. Relations between the G.I.s and the civilian populations have been strained to the utmost. This was especially true in France.

There were things to be said on both sides; there were excuses and rationalizations. But the ugly fact was that the behavior of many G.I.s in Europe was disgraceful. It was not just that...

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