Polish troops presenting new colours of their regiments at the Polish memorial at La Targette near Arras during a ceremony to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Second Battle of Artois, 9 May 1940. The colours which were presented by local ex-servicemen associations, were of Poznań and Warsaw regiments with the coats of arms of local French towns superimposed.
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.