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What did the Americans bring to the table in WWII?

11:30am-12:30pm on Saturday 11 September
1:30pm-2:30pm on Saturday 11 September
3:30pm-4:30pm on Saturday 11 September
11:30am-12:30pm on Sunday 12 September
1:30pm-2:30pm on Sunday 12 September
3:30pm-4:30pm on Sunday 12 September
11:30am-12:30pm on Saturday 18 September
1:30pm-2:30pm on Saturday 18 September
3:30pm-4:30pm on Saturday 18 September
11:30am-12:30pm on Sunday 19 September
1:30pm-2:30pm on Sunday 19 September
3:30pm-4:30pm on Sunday 19 September

Cambridge American Cemetery, Madingley Road, Coton, CB23 7PH

In amongst the stories of wartime valour and derring do was a tale of Americans bringing their food and culture to these shores. Talk to any child who was reared in wartime Britain and they will mention the kindness of the young Americans, who had left behind their own sons and daughters, nieces and nephews. Befriending local families, they were a source of forbidden and unknown ‘fruits’.

Rationing was harder for the British than anything endured in the USA. Airmen, soldiers and sailors arriving in Britain were just not prepared for the sheer drabness of everything; even the food was grey. Finding the one thing that they could do to help lighten our darkness, they set to with a will, bringing gifts of such un-savoured delights as tinned hams, ‘jello’ and candy.

So, just how do you make ice-cream the American way, without freezers? Book a guided, 50 minute full tour, and find out as you walk the hallowed grounds where the young men and women of the ‘Friendly Invasion’ are commemorated, and hear their stories.

Meet at the flagpole.

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Booking Information


This is a walking tour of an external venue; visitors should wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions. There are some steps.


Accessible toilet, Partial access - please contact us for details

Additional Information

Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18, Tour, In person, Free

Meet at the Flagpole