FIRST ARMY PREPARES TO MEET THE EIGHTH ARMY [Allocated Title]
The US Army's II Corps prepares to meet and supply the Eighth Army on its arrival in Gafsa, Tunisia.
Two NCOs of the 49 Company, Corps of Military Police (Traffic Control) at work painting direction signs. A view looking down on the men at work. Close up looking over the shoulder of a man as he paints. Another man, Lance-Corporal J R Mayes paints the word "Dump". The first man painting the Eighth Army shield on a signpost. Captain Waters and an NCO nail up one of the signposts in Gafsa. A jeep with an officer and an NCO comes into the picture. They get out of the jeep with a sign and nail it to a tree. Close-up of the wheels of passing traffic. A "Greetings" sign for the Eighth Army on the Gafsa - Gabès road. Traffic on a dusty road. A background of palm trees. View of Gafsa from a height west of 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.