During World War II, over 70,000 British women married American GIs stationed across England. Many of these marriages were successful and lasted a lifetime. Other couples faced a difficult future as military authorities opposed the marriages and placed obstacles to block their plans for a life together. This documentary will explore the successes and the difficulties as these British wives began to grapple with immigration status, lack of transport from England, and problems at the Tidworth processing center. All the brides had to say goodbye to their families, with many never to see them again.
In the United States, many war brides faced a hostile reception as many Americans viewed these foreign brides as opportunists who took advantage of their military husbands to escape immigration quotas. Others arrived in America to find that their husbands had abandoned them or that he had falsified his stories of home and his financial condition. This film, using oral history interviews conducted over twenty years, will trace the stories of these war bride families and their experiences in wartime England, and the life they encountered after the war.
Length 58 minutes