History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

16 April, 2012

In The City of Dreaming Spires

American (and some Canadian) officers in Oxford for a special course, 1943. 

By David E. Scherman for LIFE. 

American soldiers do some Oxford sightseeing. Source

An Oxford professor gives a lecture on modern psychology to American and Canadian soldiers. Source

An American soldier talks to an English student. Source

Soldiers visiting the library of Merton College. Source

American soldiers and English students eat in the dining hall. Source

Soldiers and students. Source

An American soldier talks with British students. Source

Picturesque sightseeing. Source

American and Canadian soldiers eat in the college dining hall. Source

Soldiers study a globe with a librarian. Source

Strolling through one of Oxford's medieval doorways. Source

An American soldier talks with a law professor. Source

Americans have tea with English students. Source

An English student shows how to sneakily make tea in your quarters. Source

Studying in the library (let's hope the lack of light is just for the photographer's sake!). Source

An American gazes out an old Oxford window. Source

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