British private served with 1/7th Bn Royal Warwick Regt, 143rd Infantry Bde, 48th (South Midland) Infantry Div in France and Belgium, 1940; private and NCO served with No 4 Commando in GB, 11/1940-6/1944 and during raids on Lofotens Islands, Norway and Dieppe, France; NCO served with No 4 Commando, 4th Special Service Bde and 4th Commando Bde in North West Europe, 8/1944-10/1945
REEL 1 Aspects of operations with 1/7th Bn Royal Warwick Regt, 143rd Infantry Bde, 48th (South Midland) Infantry Div in France and Belgium, 1940: move into Belgium, 10/5/1940; German Air Force dive bomber attacks; retreat to Dunkirk, France, his evacuation from The Mole at Dunkirk, France; conditions on board destroyer; reception at Dover, GB. Aspects of enlistment and training with No 4 Commando in GB, 11/1940-3/1941: volunteering for commandoes, summer 1940; commando training in Scotland; reaction to plans to take commando to Middle East.
REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of operations as private with No 4 Commando during raid on Lofotens Islands, Norway, 4/3/1941; hunting down Germans on Svolvaer; damage to installations; capture of Germans and transporting Norwegians back to GB; return voyage back to Scapa Flow, GB. Aspects of operations as private with No 4 Commando during Dieppe Raid, France, 19/8/1942: role with 3 Inch Mortars; equipment he landed with; nature of raid and casualties; policy towards Germans prisoners; return to GB. Aspects of period as private with No 4 Commando in GB, 1942-1944: his appreciation of initiative expected of commandoes; participation in Exercise Brandyball in Cornwall, 6/6/1943-7/6/1943; abortive nature of much commando training; accident that caused him to miss Normandy campaign.
REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of period with No 4 Commando, 4th Special Service Bde and 4th Commando Bde in North West Europe, 8/1944-10/1945: administration duties with commando from 8/1944; relations with Dutch civilians; relations with civilians during occupation duties in Germany; work of unit at POW camp at Recklinghausen, Germany.
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.