This is the incredible story of a Second World War shoot-out between black and white American soldiers in a quiet Cornish town that put the ‘special relationship’ itself on trial. The subsequent court martial into what tabloids labelled a “wild west” mutiny became front page news in the free world’s press. It caused Churchill himself “grave anxiety” while refracting an extraordinary truth about the real state of Anglo-American relations. Three thousand miles across the Atlantic, it mirrored and bolstered a fast-accelerating civil rights movement. For three long days the story raged and then the turbulent war-torn world moved on and forgot forever amid D-Day preparations. This lost story of a shocking drama the authorities tried to hush up is painstakingly pieced back together for the first time thanks to new research into never-accessed records. Slotted into a timeline created by additional research of wartime cabinet documents, secret government polls and surveys, diaries, letters and newspapers, the story offers a rare and stunning window into a little-known dark side of the “American Invasion”.