Taken by Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe duringWWII


Taken by Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe duringWWII [BOOKS] ✭ Taken by Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe duringWWII By J. Robert Lilly – Thomashillier.co.uk Sociologist and criminologist Professor Bob Lilly makes unprecedented use of military records and trial transcripts to throw light on one of the overlooked consequences of the US Army s presence in We Sociologist and criminologist Professor Bob Lilly makes Force: Rape eBook ☆ unprecedented use of military records and trial transcripts to throw light on one of the overlooked consequences of the US Army s presence in Western Europe betweenandthe rape of an estimated , civilian women in the United Kingdom, France and Germany By focusing on a group of men the greatest generation commonly idolized in the Western historical imagination, the study makes an important and original contribution to our understanding of sexual violence in armed conflict Taken by Force Taken by PDF or speaks as often as possible through the protagonists themselves and examines the differing social contexts prevailing in each country where the crimes were committed Attention is also given to the racial dimension of this issue the disproportionate number of black GIs prosecuted and the relative harshness of their sentences when convicted.


10 thoughts on “Taken by Force: Rape and American GIs in Europe duringWWII

  1. Aurore Aurore says:

    Taken by force est un ouvrage sur les viols commis par les GIs am ricain en Europe durant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale S il est connu que l arm e rouge a viol en masse au cours de sa marche sur Berlin, il est moins connu que les soldats am ricains ont eux aussi commis de tr s nombreux viols en Europe, notamment en France L auteur se base principalement sur les rapports de cours martiales Il essaie d analyser ses viols qui quoi comment pourquoi ainsi que la fa on dont ces viols ont t trait Taken by force est un ouvrage sur les viols commis par les GIs am ricain en Europe durant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale S il est connu que l arm e rouge a viol en masse au cours de sa marche sur Berlin, il est moins connu que les soldats am ricains ont eux aussi commis de tr s nombreux viols en Europe, notamment en France L auteur se base principalement sur les rapports de cours martiales Il essaie d analyser ses viols qui quoi comment pourquoi ainsi que la fa on dont ces viols ont t trait et punis par la justice militaire Les points int ressants. L auteur met en avant le racisme de l arm e am ricaine La majorit des GIs condamn s pour viol taient des soldats noirs alors qu ils taient en minorit dans l arm e De plus, leurs condamnations taient souvent bien plus lourdes que celles des soldats blancs L auteur diff rencie les viols commis par les GI am ricains des viols commis par l arm e rouge ou ceux commis durant la guerre dans les Balkans Tout les viols de guerre ne r pondent pas la m me logique Les viols commis en Allemagne ont t bien moins punis que ceux commis en France ou en Angleterre. Les points n gatifs. L auteur essaie d expliquer la raison de tous ces viols Par exemple l alcool et l ennui peuvent tre list comme explication possible Mais il refuse de parler de l analyse syst mique du viol d clarant que ce type d analyse n est pas suffisant voir m me erron Cependant en refusant de parler du viol comme d une violence commise par les hommes contre les femme dans le but de les terroriser et de les dominer, il choue expliquer ce que sont v ritablement ces viols Le livre se concentre uniquement sur la p riode 1944 1945 et aborde peine l avant guerre et les cons quences de ces viols Par exemple j avais lu quelque part que la sois disant libert sexuelle des femmes fran aises avait t mise en avant pour pousser les am ricains se porter volontaire pour aller combattre en Europe Mais l auteur n en parle pas Il n aborde pas non plus les cons quences de ses nombreux viols les grossesses et l antiam ricanisme au sein de la population notamment en France Il n explique pas non plus pourquoi il se concentre sur les viols commis en Angleterre, en France et en Allemagne et ne parle pas des autres pays d Europe o l arm e am ricaine a combattu Bref le sujet aurait m rit un traitement plus large.De plus certains propos de l auteur sur le viol m ont laiss perplexe Par exemple, une des explications possibles aux nombreux viols commis en France et en Allemagne d apr s l auteur serait l absence de bordel militaire D j affirmer cela c est nier que la prostitution peut tre consid r comme une violence sexuelle et encore plus en temps de guerre mais surtout quelles sont ces sources pour une telle affirmation Avoir des rapports sexuels r guliers n a jamais emp ch personne de violer Je n ai pas not les propos un peu borderline sur le viol au cours de ma lecture mais il y en avait quelques un


  2. Camilla Tilly Camilla Tilly says:

    No nation wants to look at it s ugly past Especially from WWII Stephen Ambrose has made the entire world put on pink coloured glasses and has had us all accept his version of events and that the GIs were the greatest generation, undisputed heroes And who doesn t enjoy his books His view Stephen Spielberg s and Thom Hanks views But there is an ugly underbelly to Stephen Ambrose s glorified view of the war We can not deny it or we will be no better than the revisionists that claim that t No nation wants to look at it s ugly past Especially from WWII Stephen Ambrose has made the entire world put on pink coloured glasses and has had us all accept his version of events and that the GIs were the greatest generation, undisputed heroes And who doesn t enjoy his books His view Stephen Spielberg s and Thom Hanks views But there is an ugly underbelly to Stephen Ambrose s glorified view of the war We can not deny it or we will be no better than the revisionists that claim that the Holocaust never happened You only need to start reading the memoirs of people in Ambrose s beloved 101st Easy Company, and you will find out that a LOT of the soldiers were no angels They were hardly ever sober A lot of them fooled around with women when they had wives and girlfriends waiting at home And they had no qualms about looting people s homes.It is outright disgusting to read in this book that it could not be published basically, in the US, while Ambrose was still alive since he wanted to protect America from the truth Everything from Eisenhower s mistress and his often sick decisions to the darker sides of sending hormone governed teenage boys to Europe and then not taking responsibility for that.This book is no light read for several reasons One doesn t want it to be true for one Ambrose s view is so much nicer It is also heavy, resembling a dissertation, not meant for the general audience There are lots of numbers, statistics presented as well as many questions that simply can t be answered In a way this is a disappointing book because it shows that we will never know WHY these men raped even allied women The rapists were tried by the military courts and they had no need for causes The court martials were for one reason only and that was to create discipline by example The book can not tell how many were raped either The dark numbers are expected to be 95%, just like they are today, and if only 5% were reported, the military did not even bother bringing those 5% to court So in a way the book gives a warped view of things but that view also says something about what was going on The military only tried the most gruesome of the rapes to set examples The book in other words can only discuss the darkest rapes in other words, the ones the military bothered recording and the dark numbers are enormous.Is it still worth reading Absolutely Because it shows a side of the war that we need to see To get a full picture of the war we need to study all aspects, not just Ambrose s heroes And Ambrose is brought up many times in this book since he has turned many historians against looking at history objectively.The sad picture that emerges in the book is that the military brought the US segregation and racism with it to Europe And most cases brought to trial were ones with a coloured person as rapist and coming from the supply companies We will never know how many white rapists that got away.The author lets us read many of the cases and we never find a reason for the rape but a picture surface that they all behaved suddenly in a manner they never would have behaved in, at home The author does not say that coloured people committed all rapes, but those were the cases brought to court martial and as we know today, there is no difference in colour and rape frequency so there can t have been back then either.The book studies the three countries that the GIs spent most time in and the most shocking is how many rapes took place in friendly England where they staid the longest and got to know people and customs and already knew the language Here the military could investigate properly That was not so in France were the front moved all the time, where they could not get to the crime scene on time or stay and investigate The French were not all friendly and language barriers could have been part of the rape problem The book states that veterans from WWI had spread out rumours for years that French women were without morals and gladly had sex with coloured men All GIs knew this and they went especially crazy the closer to Paris they got which was the Mecca of sin When they moved on to Germany, the records change somewhat and showswhite people tried and that it was no longer supply companies Groups raping also becamecommon What stands clear after reading this book, rapes happenedoften than we would like to think The US military chose to overlook most of the crimes for various reasons But worse of all was that there was no consistency in the harshness or leniency in punishment Length of penalty or death penalty, was all up to different commanders Rape could lead to 10, 20, 30 years, hanging or nothing at all When law experts in the forces started to point out to Eisenhower that you must have one consistent punishment, he roared that the current system had no faults It s a daunting book to read since you understand that justice was an arbitrary thing And to find out that thousands of rapes only resulted in tears, wrecked lives and unwanted pregnancies is also depressing.The worse was that the military in their actions, told white GIs that it was all right to rape since hardly any was brought to trial


  3. Mills College Library Mills College Library says:

    940.5405 L7297 2007


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