" while they waited for the arrival of the Americans who were bound to find a way "
Perhaps the reason for this "widespread" faith in an American rescue was the USA's recent critical intervention in World War Two.
The USA had already overtaken Britain as the world's leading superpower, enjoying apparently boundless resources, military capacity and wealth.
" after I entered the New Forest. "
The New Forest
is in Hampshire, in southern England. It is no longer a 'new' forest – it was established as a protected royal forest in the 11th century by William I.