COLUMN ACTIVITY ON THE EL ALAMEIN LINE [Allocated Title]
Action near El Alamein.
Vickers machine gun in action covered by smoke screen. The Royal Horse Artillery having difficulty in moving their 25 pounders over difficult country south of Alamein. Captain Curtis, officer in charge of the Bren Carrier platoon, receives orders to go on a reconnaissance patrol with the 2nd Battalion the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. The blue flag signals and four carriers move off. The enemy is seen and a smoke bomb is fired to cover their approach. The carrier advances through smoke to get an exact enemy position and then withdraws.
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.