Fleeting Attraction: A Social History of American Servicemen in Western Australia During the Second World War
Arriving in Early 1942, American servicemen were greeted by Western Australians as handsome heroes from a Hollywood dream-world, offering protection from invasion as the Japanese bombed the state's northern outposts. Over the next three years some thousands of naval personnel in Perth, Fremantle, Albany and Geraldton continued to have an impact that was both more intense and more welcome than it was in other parts of Australia. Yet is was also fleeting. As they established themselves, the affluence that allowed spectacular generostiy also promoted a somewhat insular self-sufficiency.
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