I’m reading a book right now called “Operation Bolero The Americans in Bristol and the West Country 1942-45”. Very interesting. I had no idea that they had a name for the friendly invasion, that it was actually named Bolero. One of the funny things I read yesterday was about the tension that grew between British service men and American ones. Lord Haw Haw wasn’t entirely lying when he said “The Americans are over paid”. The book states that while a British soldier earned per week, what today is 70 pence, his GI equivalent earned 3 pounds 44 pence. THAT is a great difference! No wonder he could buy stockings and lipsticks to bribe the British girls with! And he bought them cheaply at the PX according to this book. Along with being smart, clean, polite and very attentive he also had one more irresistible feature: he “used deodorants and after-shave lotion, commodities then largely unknown to British men”. The British soldiers didn’t have a chance did they, smelling sweat!!! I must say that I would have gone for a GI myself considering!