THE POLISH ARMY IN THE WESTERN DESERT CAMPAIGN, 1940-1942
General Stanisław Kopański, the CO of the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifles Brigade, and his adjutant Second Lieutenant Stanisław Orłowski near Fort Mechili, Libya. The fort commanded the desert track south of the Derna coastal road and was a very important defence point.
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.