British officer served with 7th Bn Royal Norfolk Regt in GB and North West Europe, 1939-1944; awarded Victoria Cross for action at River Orne, Normandy, 8/8/1944
REEL 1 Aspects of period with Royal Norfolk Regt in GB and France, 1939-1944: joining regiment, 1939; move with 7th Bn Royal Norfolk Regt to France, 1939; period in Normandy, 5/1940- 6/1940; evacuation from Cherbourg, 6/1940; coastal defence work in Lincolnshire, 1940-1941; re-organisation of 7th Bn Royal Norfolk Regt, 9/1943. Recollections of operations as officer with 7th Bn Royal Norfolk Regt in Normandy, 7/1944-8/1944: contact with French civilians; Allied air attack on Caen, 7/1944; defensive positions at Villers Bocage. 7/1944; fighting on River Orne, early 8/1944; wounding during action; award of Victoria Cross for action at Grimbosq, River Orne, 8/8/1944.
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.