STORMING STRONGPOINTS IN THE MARETH LINE [Allocated Title]
The 9th Battalion, B Company, Durham Light Infantry attack pillboxes on the Mareth Line.
Infantry advancing at the double along the top of enemy tank ditches. The men scramble down the side and make a human pyramid to allow others to follow. They are covered by a Bren gunner firing. Men going through the Mareth Line trenches. Dead bodies laying on top of the trenches. The main pillbox under heavy artillery fire. Infantry advancing and scrambling to the top. They wave the Italian Royalist flag.
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.