British officer served with The Admiralty Torpedo, Mining and Electrical Training Establsihment at HMS Vernon, Portsmouth, GB, 1939 including defusing first German magnetic mine at Shoeburyness, GB, 21/12/1939
REEL 1 Recollections of period as officer with The Admiralty Torpedo, Mining and Electrical Training Establsihment at HMS Vernon Portsmouth, GB, 1939: threat of German magnetic mines from 10/1939; plans to deal with German magnetic mines; discovery of German magnetic mine in mud flats at Shoeburyness, 21/12/1939; characteristics of mine fittings; defusing German magnetic mine; attitude to dealing with mine; further details of defusing German magnetic mine.
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.