The Friendly Invasion
The Friendly Invasion is an interesting project that will attract huge attention as it sets to celebrate the arrival of over half a million US Military forces in 1944, to help defend Europe in WWII-many of them located in East Anglia. Royal figures and American A-listers will be re-enforcing the importance of remembrance, and we are delighted that Pinpoint Britain amongst the first to create itineraries that will showcase the combination of memorabilia and combine history with heritage for those wishing to revisit their past, or just tour the hidden secrets of East Anglia.
We include the temporary homes of specific bomb groups, which were UK bases for Jimmy Stewart, Glenn Miller and many other famous names-and involve local figures who have their stories to tell. But we’ve also added in the towns which house extraordinary cathedrals such as Bury St Edmunds and Norwich , both of which bring charm and heritage to the itinerary.
The chosen hotels are where the Airmen will have “hung out” during the war-with The Swan at Lavenham still retaining the Airman’s Bar and all the signatures still visible on their walls.
Duxford is part of the Imperial War Museum and boasts the fantastic American Air Museum-it’s huge, modern and so worth a visit! The collection of aircraft, uniforms and stories are so well-presented, one cannot help but feel the emotion. Then you are vey near to the vibrant City of Cambridge, known for its great university halls-but also remembers the 5,127 missing personnel and names on an honour wall stretching 427 feet.
Exploring American heritage in East Anglia is not just for veterans- we know many will love the quirky villages, cobbled streets, traditional afternoon teas and historic hotels within the itineraries. It’s different and when the words spreads in 2018, we’ll be waiting to invite you here!