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July 4, 2010

PLEASE NOTE: I have had to put this project on hold, because of the demands of parenthood, a part-time PhD and a full-time job. I hope to return to this work in the future. Many thanks for all the support – WHB

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Sixty-five years ago, the U.S. Army masterminded one of the greatest educational experiments of the 20th Century.

Within five months of VE Day, it had created three entirely new ‘universities’ in Europe. Campuses in Florence, Shrivenham and Biarritz offered a genuine college education to officers and enlisted men who had fought the Axis powers, and were now awaiting demobilisation.

Thousands of soldier-students passed through these institutions. But by the spring of 1946, all three had closed their doors for ever; and they are little remembered today.

The purpose of this project is to gather, record and preserve the original testimony of the students who attended the Army University Centers, and others who recall their operation.

Can you help? Whether you’re a veteran of the educational programme, know someone who is, or have documentary evidence that you would be willing to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please click here to contact us.

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Click on ‘The Project’ above for more about the goals of this project, who is responsible for it, and why. For information about the individual Army University Centers, click on ‘Florence’, ‘Shrivenham’ or ‘Biarritz’. See below for the latest news on our progress.