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March 2, 2016

Vintage Photos of American Soldiers Courting English Girls During World War II

During World War II, the Americans and the British were not only allies in war. They were allies in love.

In the spring of 1944, with D-Day just weeks away, LIFE photographer Ralph Morse strolled through London’s Hyde Park capturing the phenomenon that was the love between American soldiers and young English women.

American soldier kissing his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, one of the favorite haunts of US troops stationed in England.

Crowds at Hyde Park Corner stroll aimlessly into park on long spring evenings. This is favorite spot for American boys to meet their English girls. Then most of the couples row on the Serpentine or watch nearby softball games.

Two Americans display the art of Jitterbugging for their friends.

A U.S. officer and his girl walk by the Serpentine, a long and shallow pond in the heart of Hyde park.

An American soldier and his English girlfriend chat on a bench in Hyde Park, a favorite haunt for lonely G.I.s.

Anglo-American friendship is furthered by boy and girl meetings in Hyde Park.

A GI and his girl walk arm-in-arm among the sheep in Kensington Gardens. Gardens adjoin Hyde Park.

An English ATS and Eighth Air Force sergeant enjoy a blissful kiss.

GIs like to sprawl flat on the grass for comfort, attendants find very few of the men rent chairs.

American soldier with his English girlfriend strolling in Hyde park, 1944.

American soldier relaxing in Hyde Park with English girls, 1944.

Hyde Park's paths are filled with strolling couples like this one.

(Photos: Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)


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