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  1. Rigorous recent scholarship has revealed a seamy and even horrifying underside to what happened after the Americans landed. Talking hundreds of rapes, GIs so predatory the Resistance had to protect French women. There were even murders. Apparently, most of this behavior was motivated by how French women were portrayed before the invasion (essentially sluts), even in the widely read LIFE, and in official pubs given the GIs prior to landing to motivate them to fight. Once ashore, and when not actively engaged in battle, many went hog wild, and their COs did nothing. This went on for quite some time, but eventually... (Fair Use) When French outrage eventually forced action, a series of kangaroo courts resulted in 153 prosecutions for sex offences and 29 soldiers being hanged for rape, 77 per cent of them were black GIs. The military had to send for an executioner from Texas to perform the hangings as the French capital punishment system was still the guillotine and they had no technicians skilled in the use of the noose. The dismay felt by the French was summed up in one letter unearthed by Prof Roberts in which a caf© owner states: "We expected friends who would not make us ashamed of our defeat. Instead, there came incomprehension, arrogance, incredibly bad manners and the swagger of conquerors." The sordid tale summarizing what happens when lust crazed GIs run amok is here and is taken from the listed book. What Soldiers Do: Sex And The American GI In World War II France by Mary Louise Roberts http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/422860/D-Day-GIs-raped-and-killed-their-French-allies-while-US-army-generals-turned-a-blind-eye Regards, John Kettler
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