The 1st Greek Infantry Brigade in the Western Desert after training in Syria, as a supplementary brigade to the 44th Division.
Colonel Katsotas, Acting Brigadier of the 1st Greek Infantry Brigade, in conference with his officers before visiting a battalion. He looks at his route on a map. He drives off in his jeep. An informal group of Greeks and New Zealanders off duty together talking and joking. Close-up of the words 1st Greek Brigade Signals on a battery charger. Greek soldiers joining cables and testing batteries and a Greek surveyor at the theodolite. A group of Greek soldiers digging a pit. Second-Lieutenant Dounakis, troop commander, shouting Fire orders to a gun crew. The gun crew run in and take up their positions. The gun fires. A shell is handed across into the breech. Sergeant Hikoulakas gives the fire signal. An ack-ack spotter sees an enemy plane. Ack-ack Bren pit. The Bren is fired. The magazines are changed. A Greek soldier picks up a Boys anti-tank gun and mounts it on the Bren carrier. The carrier moves forward. A Greek soldier mounts the Bren on its ack-ack mounting on the carrier.
Father Thanossides of the Greek Orthodox Church blesses Greek soldiers. Troops kissing the cross. Greek soldiers perform a traditional dance for their companions. A Greek flag damaged by bullets in the Balkans flies over the desert. An infantry patrol passes the flag. Spectators at the dancing clap their hands in time with the rhythm. General Horrocks, Commander 13 Corps, with the Brigadier and Major-General Prince Peter of Greece.
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.