“we used to have the American comics ... and swap comics, three or four English ones for one American”.
Many American troops training for the invasion enjoyed films, shows and dances in their PX (NAAFI) in the old Regent Cinema. As a gesture of good will, following a fight outside the Globe Public House between black and white soldiers, the US army put on a New Year’s children’s show and distributed treats to the children of Truro.
The image opposite depicts a platoon of volunteers known as the River Patrol Home Guard who protected the river from enemy invasion and during preparations for D-Day whilst on parade in Truro.
Please click below to hear Stanley Coombes on U.S troops.