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Liberators: The Allies and Belgian Society, 1944-1945 (Hardcover)

Peter Schrijvers

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ISBN 10: 0521514827 / ISBN 13: 9780521514828
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Hardcover. In the autumn of 1944, Belgium was liberated at lightning speed. Yet Allied troops continued to dominate much of Belgian society until late 1945. Peter Schrijvers' revisionist account reve.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 340 pages. 0.680. Bookseller Inventory # 9780521514828

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In the autumn of 1944, Belgium was liberated at lightning speed. Yet Allied troops continued to dominate much of Belgian society until late 1945. Peter Schrijvers' revisionist account reveals that during that time, strong currents of discontent began to build beneath the waves of gratitude and admiration. Chronic shortages of food and coal, rampant venereal disease, and deteriorating discipline led the Belgian population to lament 'from the liberators, oh Lord, liberate us'. Despite all this, however, the countries and cultures that the Anglo-American troops represented still exerted substantial attraction and influence, causing them to have a lingering impact on Belgian society in ways that would set the tone for the remainder of the turbulent twentieth century. Using newly discovered material from the Belgian state security archives as well as testimonies of the liberated, this book vividly reconstructs the largely unknown history of Belgium's liberation era.

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In 1944 Belgium was liberated at lightning speed. Past accounts have focussed on the stunning Allied victories and the initial euphoria of liberation but chronic food and fuel shortages, rampant venereal disease, and deteriorating discipline followed leading many Belgians to lament 'from the liberators, oh Lord, liberate us'.

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