Activities in Mersa Matruh after enemy withdrawal.
Tanks and other vehicles passing along the wrecked streets of Mersa Matruh after the elimination of an enemy pocket. A wrecked German seaplane at the harbour. Evidence of British bombing at the harbour. A German sign. Released Italian prisoners looting Italian kit. Trucks entering the town.
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.