American troops arrive in Britain and the Corps of Engineers building an airstrip on a Hastings farm is met with resentment.

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Robert O'Sullivan ...
Boy at Roadside
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Susan Davies
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Alan Carter
Andrew MacLachlan ...
Dr Mark Rogers
Peter Jonfield ...
Harold Grayson
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Sergeant Jack O'Connor
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David Barrett
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Will Grayson
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Stan Davies
Jane Wood ...
Mary Davies
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March 1942: The US Army Corps of Engineers arrives in Hastings to build an aerodrome and Foyle needs to calm a local farmer whose land has been requisitioned by the government. Foyle also gets hooked into giving a lecture to the American GIs on local customs. It all takes a more serious turn when a local barmaid, Susan Davies, is found strangled. She had been seeing one of the GIs and was pregnant, but was also involved selling illegal whiskey for her employer, Alan Carter. Meanwhile Sgt. Milner investigates the death of friend, Will Grayson, who died in a house fire. He had been drinking at Carter's pub but wasn't drunk when he left and Milner can't quite figure out why his friend didn't get out of the burning house in time. Finally, Sam gets unhappy news from boyfriend Andrew. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | War

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The decorations for the dance at the American base incorporate the Morse code symbol for "V" (...-). This was commonly used in World War II as a symbol for victory and was often associated with the first four notes in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. See more »

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Captain Kieffer wears a Sam Browne belt, a leather belt with an attachment that goes over the right shoulder. Although its use has been called an anachronism because it was eliminated on officer uniforms issued from 1940, it was not officially abolished until June 7, 1942 when Change #22 to AR 600-35 was issued -- three months after the period depicted in "Invasion." Even then, a few officers continued to wear them. Also contrary to an earlier post, the lapel brass on Captain Kieffer's uniform IS correctly placed. Lapel brass was parallel with the the ground on U.S. Army officer uniforms during WW2. See more »

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Boy at Roadside: [yells] The Jerries are here. The Jerries are here.
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Quite Gripping
16 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

U.S. Soldiers arrive (the Army Corps of Engineers to be specific) in a small town and take over the property of a farmer (It has been in his family for generations). The locals are angry with the States because of their late entry into the war. We are focused in on a group of early American arrivals who try to blend in with the locals with varying success. An ambitious young woman has a relationship with a naive young private who impregnates her, leading to huge complications. She works in a bar where she is distilling grain alcohol (she had experience as a chemist). One night a young soldier drinks too much and dies in a fire in his upstairs room. Eventually, the young woman is strangled and Foyle now has two cases to deal with. This is nicely done. UInfortunately, I figured it out way ahead of time, but still enjoyed how they got to the conclusion.


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