What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France

What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France Mary Louise Roberts
  • Title: What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France
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  • What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France Mary Louise Roberts What Soldiers Do Sex and the American GI in World War II France How do you convince men to charge across heavily mined beaches into deadly machine gun fire Do you appeal to their bonds with their fellow soldiers their patriotism their desire to end tyranny and m
    How do you convince men to charge across heavily mined beaches into deadly machine gun fire Do you appeal to their bonds with their fellow soldiers, their patriotism, their desire to end tyranny and mass murder Certainly but if you re the US Army in 1944, you also try another tack you dangle the lure of beautiful French women, waiting just on the other side of the wire,How do you convince men to charge across heavily mined beaches into deadly machine gun fire Do you appeal to their bonds with their fellow soldiers, their patriotism, their desire to end tyranny and mass murder Certainly but if you re the US Army in 1944, you also try another tack you dangle the lure of beautiful French women, waiting just on the other side of the wire, ready to reward their liberators in oh so many ways.That s not the picture of the Greatest Generation that we ve been given, but it s the one Mary Louise Roberts paints to devastating effect in What Soldiers Do Drawing on an incredible range of sources, including news reports, propaganda and training materials, official planning documents, wartime diaries, and memoirs, Roberts tells the fascinating and troubling story of how the US military command systematically spread and then exploited the myth of French women as sexually experienced and available The resulting chaos ranging from flagrant public sex with prostitutes to outright rape and rampant venereal disease horrified the war weary and demoralized French population The sexual predation, and the blithe response of the American military leadership, also caused serious friction between the two nations just as they were attempting to settle questions of long term control over the liberated territories and the restoration of French sovereignty While never denying the achievement of D Day, or the bravery of the soldiers who took part, What Soldiers Do reminds us that history is always useful and interesting when it is most honest, and when it goes beyond the burnished beauty of nostalgia to grapple with the real lives and real mistakes of the people who lived it.
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    1. Finished the book.Good things about the book 1 There is a lot of excellent documentation, especially from French sources The author clearly did a lot of research.2 There are a plethora of anecdotes anecdotal information is largely basis for the arguments in Chapters 1 through 6.3 There is excellent use of cartoons and photographs.4 The last two chapters, 7 and 8 really detail how tough it was to be African American in the United States Army in Europe and that Jim Crow laws held sway These are al [...]

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    2. In the aftermath of D Day, American soldiers, who had been primed with messages that they were rescuers and would receive the thanks of the French people, encountered the reality of Norman peasants who had been bombed by the allies, exploited by the Nazis and stripped of their male population most of whom were in slave labor camps elsewhere, and had been for several years Voila A perceived population of lazy, dirty, sex crazy women whose men were too weak to defend them, and who owed the US Some [...]

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    3. Overall a good book, although some of her arguments seem pretty thin Give her credit for question the golden boy myth of the American GI during WWII.

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    4. Very interesting book and topic, and one that is often ignored by military historians.I particularly enjoyed the research on French civilians and how other historians and veterans have described Normans and the French in general as sullen, laconic, lazy, and ungrateful Dr Roberts uses local newspapers and diaries to describe why the French were this way they had been under the Nazi yoke for four years, with family and friends either dead, missing, or imprisoned By summer 1944, these same people [...]

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    5. Extremely well researched book about the polito sexual elements in Invasion era France, the role and influence of sex and sexual relations in promoting the invasion and the impact on the French and the American soldiers in post invasion France Fascinating in it s detail and for showing another facet a rather important one of the experience of WWII for this region Valuable for we who are simple interested by the War, and, I should think, very informative for those family of Soldiers and Norman ci [...]

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    6. In her conclusion, Roberts, a historian whose other books concern French gender roles at the turn of the century and following the Great War, argues at military historians dismiss at their own risk sexual relations as an ahistorical sideshow of combat p 260 While she overstates her case in many points, her account reminded me that the Normandy landings imposed an enormous physical and psychological strains on people already traumatized civilians by family separation, deaths, displacement, and th [...]

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    7. I really wanted to like this book, as it focuses on two issues of interest to me gender and history The authors intentions in writing the book are obviously good, but unfortunately I was unable to get through it I found it extremely dry, surprising for a book about war and sex I also had issues with some of the conclusions the author came to using nothing but secondary sources such as Stars Stripes a magazine published for and distributed to soldiers or LIFE magazine I would have liked to have s [...]

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    8. This should be read as a companion to Brokaw s THE GREATEST GENERATION Turns out that while there were plenty of heroes during the 1940 s there was also plenty the less than heroic and down right criminal So, the generation in the 1940 s were no better or worse than any other generation in human history The US Army s treatment of black Americans in the French theater of war was criminal Their behavior was little better than southern lynch mobs Roberts well documented history of soldier behaviors [...]

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    9. Outstanding A comprehensive analysis of a neglected story the misconduct of American soldiers during the liberation of France Sexual offenses by the troops were common and the Army unjustly persecuted black troops as a public relations stunt to deflect criticism There were constant tensions between the French and Americans, and the sexual predation by Americans would poison relationships between the two countries for decades to come A full review of this book will be forthcoming in my blog at sm [...]

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    10. It took me a while to get done, but I saw Professor Roberts talking about this book on Lawrence O Donnell s The Last Word We tend to romanticize the behavior of the U.S soldier in France when we read history However, we now know or ignored the sexual behavior of soldiers French women were easy, desperate, need money and soldiers have a right to get laid, right Miscommunication, race, and hunger drove the trade, which included hangings for accused soldiers, an obvious majority, African American A [...]

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    11. A Rarely Heard side of the StoryWe have usually taken it for granted that he liberation of France was a very happy outcome of history for the French people this book, although not political, gives a very credible view as to what it was really like Though here mainly it is the French and American relationship which is mostly described, it surely must be almost the same for the conquering side as well as the so called liberated side In all wars Short but good reading.

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    12. Repetitive, seemed to constantly go over previously stated material Cheap shot to fellow UW historian Ambrose was below the belt Premise that GI stole the soul of the French and sowed decades of anger toward the US by dating French women was a little over the top The denigration of black soldiers bu the US army was sobering.

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    13. checked out from Washington Co Cooperative Library Services, 11 13 list.Got it from the library A lot of pressure on this book Will get it again got it again and am too busy get again later in 2014Americans regarded France WWII as a sex paradise GIs treated the whole country as a brothel.

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    14. I gave this book 4 stars because I thought the author did well in presenting an unvarnished view of buried history It revealed the institutionalized prejudice and stereotype, command driven discrimination and retaliation that I believe led to the current state of sexual harassment in the military.

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    15. what phd s do best, write on a subject as if it is the most important idea in the world not doubting that it is true, just seems way overblown and not to much to back up her sweeping generalizations.

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    16. This book covers a very uncomfortable subject It was good but at times the author s subjective feelings bleed through I would recommend the book for the thesis and the subject manner That being said it is a difficult read given its views on the United States military during World War 2.

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    17. Wanted to like this treatise because the author began with plausible argument however, prose became repetitive and boring I didn t finish it.

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    18. Must read for any WWII buff.The archival work that went into researching this book is astonishing.

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    19. While there are facts she conveniently ignores, this is still an excellent, well researched book I recommend it for anyone who worships the so called Greatest Generation.

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    20. Concerning the subtitle of the book, the book brings into light the world of the civilian French citizens and the GI understanding of their world during the 1944.

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    21. A well written record of how masculinity, a term generally used within gender relations, was adopted in other power models to resemble the order of dominance and submission.

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    22. Interesting and informative Prose can be a tad repetitive at times, but overall a good read

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