An American soldier eating his meal of chicken, mashed potatoes, bread, and pineapple atop rows of stockpiled ammunition shells, England, May 1944.
Great Britain and the United States have been allies in many battles throughout history, especially during World War II. Great Britain was a key base for the operations of the American military during the war, therefore England agreed with the “friendly invasion.”
As a result, hundreds of thousands of Americans came to England to support future troop movements or to do work that contributed to the war effort. U.S. and British troops worked alongside each other and developed long-lasting relationships that transcended the wartime. Stationed in England, this American soldier is having a quick dinner while guarding a stockpile of weapons.