Winston Churchill visits troops in the Western Desert accompanied by General Sir Alan Brooke; General Alexander, Commander-in-Chief of the Middle East Forces; Lieutenant-General Montgomery, Eighth Army Commander; Lieutenant-General Horrocks, XIII Corps Commander and Lieutenant-General Freyberg, Commander of the New Zealand Division. The Prime Minister visits representatives of the 7th Armoured Division and is greeted by Major-General Renton. He inspects the troops and a New Zealand cemetery before having lunch at XIII Corps HQ and making a recording for the BBC. He then returns to Eighth Army HQ and changes into a light grey suit. He inspects the staff officers of the Eighth Army with General Alexander.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.