XMAS DAY WITH THE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS, AND RETURN OF PATROL OF IRISH FUSILIERS AFTER ATTACK ON THE ENEMY [Allocated Title]
Royal Irish Fusiliers in the desert.
I. 25 December. The Royal Irish Fusiliers of the 6th Armoured Division in forward positions on Christmas Day on the front line in Tunisia. The men queuing for Christmas Dinner. The troops eating dinner followed by dessert. A Bofors anti-aircraft gun being put into position for the defence of the Irish Fusiliers. Irish Fusiliers receiving communion in the field from Father Scallon. The altar is placed in the bushes due to the proximity of the enemy.
II. 29 December. Smokescreen covering the return of the patrol from an attack at Goubellat, Tunisia. The officers and men approaching the camp on their return, one officer is wounded.
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.