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Five Senators Report on the War

Remember that scene in AMOLAD when Doc Reeves and Abraham Farlan are discussing the state of England after 6 years of war. Farlan says that he is up to date and has been "watching you English from upstairs. Your wars, your politics, your busyness. From the tax on tea in 1766 to a certain report on England by five members of the United States Senate in 1944."

A few of us had long wondered about that report by US senators. Did any such thing really exist? Well, we think we may have found it!

There were a group of US senators who took a trip around the world in 1943. They could well have published their report in 1944. They mainly went to investigate and report on the state of US troops around the world, how well they were being cared for and how their morale was holding up. A world tour like that was quite rare at the time for any politicians from any country and would have been much more difficult in wartime.

It's quite likely that Emeric found a copy of their report in the British Library on one of his research trips there and it's the quirky sort of thing that he loved to include in the films.

The five senators were:
Senator Russell of Georgia (Chairman)
Senator Brewster of Maine
Senator Chandler of Kentucky
Senator Lodge of Massachusetts
Senator Mead of New York

See also Combat Tour for Senators

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