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The Friendly Invasion

During the Second World War the East of England became home to thousands of American Air Force personnel.

The Friendly Invasion focuses on commemorating the 75th anniversary of the arrival of 180,000 American servicemen in the East of England.

The American arrival to Britain in World War Two was dubbed ‘The Friendly Invasion’. Between 1942 and 1945; the United States Eighth and Ninth Army Air Forces resided in Cambridgeshire.

In addition to the efforts to weaken Germany’s command; the servicemen and women influenced British culture with dance and music choices as well as introducing foods such as peanut butter, chewing gum and Coca Cola.


A Short History

Besides a presence of servicemen, many Americans have studied at The University of Cambridge throughout history.

Places to Visit

Cambridgeshire has never forgotten the efforts and influences of the USAAF personnel, the county boasts an abundance of stately homes, market towns and villages where you can trace the origins of our transatlantic friendship.

For more information regarding The Friendly Invasion and places to visit, take a look at the Visit East Anglia website.

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