General Giraud leaving the Residence Generale for the laying of wreaths on the war memorials. Panning shot from the car and escort to a cheering crowd. Close-up of the crowd. The General returning from the wreath-laying ceremony and taking up position outside the cathedral for the taking of the salute. A march past of French native mounted troops. Another contingent of French troops. Troops of the Zouaves Regiment. A march past of British troops. French motorised troops and French artillery. View of the crowd. The crowd cheers the British troops. General Giraud leaving the Residence Generale after the ceremony of taking the salute. Corporal Moseley from Bedford and Private Monks from Dartford (both of the Royal West Kent Regiment) buying a buttonhole to celebrate the occasion of the General's visit.
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.