This was an intriguing story, but there didn't seem to be too much detail in the excerpt from the book. I therefore did some preparatory research and uncovered enough material to feel confident in proposing the idea of an article to Britain At War.
After a great deal of research, most of it drawn from the memories of local citizens due to the absence of official records, the article has finally been published in the November 2010 edition of the magazine. Complete with colour photos taken at various relevant sites around Bristol by myself. Following an appeal I made in the Bristol Evening Post, around ten to fifteen local people who maintain memories of US troops in Bristol contacted me and told me their stories. The result is a fascinating insight into a saga that would otherwise would have been forgotten, since the authorities at the time were most anxious to cover up the occurrence of dissent in their own ranks. It would have been ideal propaganda material for the Germans if nothing else, and would also have caused doubt among the public about the ability of the allies to invade mainland Europe successfully, for this tale is set among the backdrop of the preparations for the greatest maritime expedition in modern history, the D-Day landings in 1944. You can buy the magazine now in Smiths and all good newsagents, price £4.10.