New book exposes American WWII GIs were dangerous sex-crazed rapists

Explosive new book:

  • Debunks myth that the ‘GI were manly and always behaved well’
  • By 1944 women in Normandy ‘filed complaints about rapes by US soldiers’
  • Debauchery, lawlessness and institutional racism are chronicled in book
  • Penned by Mary Roberts, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin
  • Veterans Affairs rep says there is ‘no way’ to reprimand the U.S. soldiers
  • Comes just after Sexual Assault Prevention Month in the U.S., where the military is under fire for string of high-profile assault cases
  • Japanese politician also just claimed that American soldiers used their women as ‘sex slaves’ during WWII

UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 30 May 2013

Swapping stockings for kisses and teaching girls how to jive, American GIs were meant to be a welcome ray of sunshine in war-torn Europe.

But a new book has revealed the dark side of Europe’s liberation after the Second World War.

Professor Mary Louise Roberts, from the University of Wisconsin, said within months of D-Day ordinary French women came to fear their American ‘liberators’.

American soldiers seen here (who are not related to the book's content) disembarking from Coast Guard landing craft at the shores of Normandy.

American soldiers seen here (who are not related to the book’s content) disembarking from Coast Guard landing craft at the shores of Normandy. In an explosive book, Roberts claims that some soldiers terrified French citizens.

 The people in this picture are not related to the book's content

The professor said previous historical research on the subject paid little attention to this ‘dark side’ of Europe’s liberation. The people in this picture are not related to the book’s content

She tells how, by the summer of 1944, large numbers of women in Normandy filed complaints about rapes by US soldiers.

And their arrival prompted a wave of crime all over France, with American soldiers caught committing robberies and petty thefts.

Professor Roberts said: ‘My book seeks to debunk an old myth about the GI, thought of as a manly creature that always behaved well. The GIs were having sex anywhere and everywhere.

‘In the cities of Le Havre and Cherbourg, bad behaviour was common.

‘Women, including those who were married, were openly solicited for sex. Parks, bombed-out buildings, cemeteries and railway tracks were carnal venues.

‘People could not go out for a walk without seeing somebody having sex.

‘But the sex was not always consensual, with hundreds of cases of rape being reported.’

The locals of Le Havre were shocked by the soldiers’ behaviour and wrote letters of protest to their mayor.

One complaint, from October 1945, said: ‘We are attacked, robbed, run over both on the street and in our houses.

‘This is a regime of terror, imposed by bandits in uniform.’

Le Havre’s mayor, Pierre Voisin, complained to Colonel Thomas Weed – the commander of US troops in the region.

‘Scenes contrary to decency are unfolding in this city day and night,’ Voisin wrote, adding it was ‘not only scandalous but intolerable’ that ‘youthful eyes are exposed to such public spectacles’.

The mayor suggested the Americans set up a brothel outside the city to avoid public outrage and contain the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. However although US officers publicly denounced the behaviour they did little to curtail it.

The book also claims the US army ‘demonstrated a deep and abiding racism’, suggesting they pinned a disproportionate number of rapes on black GIs.

Documents show that of 152 troops disciplined by the army for rape, 130 were black.

Professor Roberts said: ‘American propaganda did not sell the war to soldiers as a struggle for freedom but as a sexual adventure.’

She points out that The Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the US armed forces, taught soldiers German phrases like ‘waffen niederlegen’ meaning ‘throw down your arms’.

However the French phrases it recommended to soldiers included ‘you have charming eyes,’ ‘I am not married’ and ‘are your parents at home?’ US magazine Life even fantasised that France was ‘a tremendous brothel’ inhabited by ‘40,000,000 hedonists, who spend all their time eating, drinking and making love’.

A cafe owner from Le Havre said at the time: ‘We expected friends who would not make us ashamed of our defeat. Instead, there came only incomprehension, arrogance, incredibly bad manners and the swagger of conquerors.’

The author claims when the first soldiers swarmed ashore at Omaha Beach in Normandy (pictured) on D-Day, it was 'a veritable tsunami of male lust'

The author claims that when the first soldiers swarmed ashore at Omaha Beach in Normandy (pictured) on D-Day, it was ‘a veritable tsunami of male lust’


PLEASE ALSO SEE:  A Memorial for the Millions of German Women and Girls Who Were Raped and Pillaged by the WWII Allied “liberators”

GET THE BOOK  What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France   from the Justice for Germans Book Store

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

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 more useful—and more 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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11 Responses to New book exposes American WWII GIs were dangerous sex-crazed rapists

  1. Markus says:

    And again, they always project this bad behavior onto the Germans and praise the American “liberators” and the so called French Resistance terrorist group, operated out of London by the self declared exile government of France.

    Rape, in the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS, was punishable by death on the spot in “Hitlerian Fascist Nazi Dictatorship”. I guess Libertarianism and individual freedom is not a good thing, when the agenda is immoral and ignoble as ALL Allies have demonstrated; “The Marxist party and its Democratic Allies”.

    The Black on White crime pattern continues to this day. The outragious statistics are available in the US, South Africa and even Sweden, a historially White only nation, now asylum heaven for Africans and Middle Easterners.

    Good job Wayne exposing “Europe’s Liberation” once again.

    Barbara Lerner Spectre (born 1942) is a Zionist, the founding director of Paideia, The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, a non-denominational academic institute established in 2001.

    “I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Europe will not survive.”

    • The article states, according to the book: “… the US army ‘demonstrated a deep and abiding racism’, [she is not the whole one to come to that conclusion!] suggesting they pinned a disproportionate number of rapes on black GIs. Documents show that of 152 troops disciplined by the army for rape, 130 were black.” … This is typical. Blame the victims then protect the perps and shift the blame or try to mediate in some way when the truth comes to light.

      I had a “White Nationalist” proclaim on my Facebook page that 90% of these crimes were perpetrated by blacks. He got lectured and booted in short order with the following reply:

      “I suppose people such as you would also claim that the pilots who followed orders to bomb German civilians, fire bomb German cities, to strafe escaping German civilians on the ground or working in fields with machine gun fire, or who rounded up German soldiers and put them in Eisenhower’s Death Camps, and starved millions of German civilians to death and put German leaders on trial at Nuremberg were “mostly blacks” too, hmmm? Or that blacks dropped A-bombs on the Japanese. Oh nooooo, the whites were all good and they would never do such a thing. It’s just those “sub-human other races”. The whites are always the good guys, doncha know? Pure as the driven snow! And so much more intelligent too! Really? If they were so freaking smart, and so damn noble and superior, why did they go along with all this? Get a freaking grip and lose your illusions and your false pride! This shit is going on today against other nations and peoples too, and guess what, white boys and girls are still taking part in the Jewzi genocide of ALL gentiles (all of humanity). Deal with it!”

      A friend of mine has read the book and wrote a very detailed and favorable review of the book and I hope to get his permission to publish it, or that he will add it as a comment.


      • Markus says:

        True, there were a lot of White crimes also committed on the Germans.

      • John Csapó says:

        My uncle’s mother-in-law and her friend were walking to school in a small Bavarian town in 1945 when a jeep with 2 black Americans pulled over to the side of the road, dragged the school girls into a ditch and raped them. The American commander refused to take action.

      • bigcree1 says:

        Good on ya J4G!!!

  2. mike says:

    these people from Wisconsin… they keep telling the truth, whats wrong with them?

  3. treesnake says:

    More French women were raped in the four months after the D day invasion, as in the preceding four years of the German occupation. As Marcus states above, if caught, rapists were summarily executed, as were ‘Leichenfledderer’ ( soldiers who fleeced enemy corpses of valuables including collecting watches and jewelry, or breaking out gold teeth etc. )German military discipline was ferocious. .In Russia the only exception was the taking of fallen enemies’ felt boots, because the hobnailed jackboots of the Wehrmacht sucked the cold right out of the ground, and frostbitten feet crippled a multitude of ‘landsers’.
    Over 15,000 soldiers were executed for breaches of discipllne and cowardicein WWII. . An entire division’s worth.

  4. treesnake says:

    In defense of black Americans i have to relate an anecdote told to me by my late father. He was at the end of the war a Waffen SS Hauptsturmfuehrer ( Hauptmann, or in English, Captain). in the SS division ‘Das Reich’ . It was this outfit that gave the Americans such a fearful mauling in the battle of the Huertgen forest (over 25,00 casualties). He commanded a troop of rearguard all the way to somewhere in Bavaria, when it became clear, that the end was nigh. His mob was whittled down to 25 or 26 soldiers including his Oberscharfuehrer (Feldwebel or sergeant) and funnily a howitzer, that was pulled by a milch cow, they had liberated after the original horse succumbed to the rigors of war. Comradeship in the SS was thus, that the decision such as surrender was discussed and voted on by the entire body of men. They decided to surrender, The sergeant implored my dad to get rid of the insignia on his tunic, as the G.I. s were known to give SS officers a rough time. . He however regrettably didn’t think, that he shouldhave to do the same thing. When taken prisoners all the men received a fearful beating, that left the unfortunate sergeant dead . My father had liver damage, and he had all the teeth on the left side knocked out. A black GI strapped him over the hood of his Jeep and delivered him to the next field hospital. There he was the only German among wounded GIs, for some weeks. .
    Now, every morning a black orderly came down the aisle between the cots and threw a package of goodies including chocolate and smokes and razor blades et., to every soldier. When he came to my dad, the whole mob would scream “Don’t give that effing Nazi kraut any thing,!” and he would pass on.
    One day when my dad sat on the latrine, he heard a rustle behind the wall and a knock. It was the orderly. ‘Here Kraut, he said and gave my dad all the rations that he was forced to withhold from my dad.
    A truly kind human being.!
    As was the black soldier who delivered him half dead to the field hospital!
    My dad, for years on end would answer, when asked if he liked Americans ” Of course very much so, except for the white ones!

    • Markus says:

      Germans have never been so “anti-Black” as British or Americans, since Germany never had significant colonies. And the colonies Germany had, were PURCHASED by Germany after the slave trade days.

      For this reason, a Black American would never be subject to ridicule etc, as they were in America in the 1930’s and 40’s. Jesse Owens of course spoke about how he could eat at any restaurants etc. Germans, as a homogenous people were rather amazed than disgusted by the African.

      To this day, Black Nationalists respect the Germans for standing up against the US and colonial empires, Britain and France.

      Many rapes by Blacks might have resulted in the women having children, and a rape child of a White American or Russian would be easier to tell some cover story to protect the honor of the German woman than a “mixed bastard”, where there was no doubt that she was raped.

  5. Joshua Lehr says:

    Disgusting…and to think these are our (I’m USA-born) servicemen…

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