OPERATION COUNTERTHRUST (HANOVER, GERMANY) 16 SEPTEMBER TO 22 SEPTEMBER 1951 - REEL 1 [Allocated Title]
General Eisenhower's pre-Operation Counterthrust tour of troops, 1951.
General Eisenhower arrives at Stapleton Air Base, where he inspects British troops and RAF honour guard, greets General Sir John Harding and Air Vice Marshal Sir Harry Broadhurst, and drives away in a Rolls-Royce. Generals Eisenhower and Harding visit troops at London Edensborough Army barracks, in Hanover, Germany, prior to Operation Counterthrust; they arrive by car, inspect troops (including members of the Black Watch) and take the salute before driving away. The next visit is to troops of US Army 7th Division in woodland near Hanover; Eisenhower talks with US 7th Army Officer Colonel E C Watson. Continuing his tour, General Eisenhower talks to British troops taking part in Counterthrust and also visits Lieutenant-General Tromme of Belgium and Major General Opromer of the Netherlands at 1st Army Headquarters, Germany. Watched by a crowd of children, Eisenhower visits Neustadt Brigade Headquarters at Kolenfeld. Whilst in the Kolenfeld area, he also visits Belgian troops, inspects a map, reviews Dutch troops, speaks to General Tuck (Chief Of Staff, Netherlands Army), visits British troops at an anti-tank gunsight and speaks to Colonel D Schofield (Welsh Guards). Eisenhower inspects troops of the French Army Corps and meets Major General C P Jones, Colonel P Roberts (of 7th Armoured Division) and men of the 11th Hussars. Soldiers and German children eat at a British field kitchen and mess. Continuing his pre-Operation Counterthrust tour, General Eisenhower visits Dutch 16th Army Headquarters and meets airmen from Belgium, Britain, the Netherlands, the US and Denmark at Fassberg Air Base, Germany; finally he visits more forces involved in Operation Counterthrust, including kilted Black Watch troops, a Centurion tank driver, and Belgian officers, accompanied by General Harding.