• Short Summary

    The first contingent of American soldiers arrive on British soil and are given pork pies.

  • Description

    Titles read: "AMERICAN TROOPS IN NORTHERN IRELAND".

    Northern Ireland.

    Various good shots of American troops arriving at a dock in Northern Ireland and struggling off with their cumbersome kit bags. Commentator notes it is only seven weeks since the United States of America declared war on Germany. One soldier drops his kit bag. Below decks we see allied officers including Lieutenant Royle (RNR), Lieutenant Colonel Stewart (US army), Captain Lee (British Army) and Lieutenant Stanford Smith discussing plans.

    American army nurses are seen disembarking - "many wearing slacks for comfort". American troops on a launch heading for dock wave to those on their troop ship. The soldiers march off along wet roads - typical January day in Great Britain - and are given food from a canteen van. Great C/U of an American soldier biting into a pork pie (and probably wondering what it is).

    Cataloguer's note: according to commentary this was the first contingent of American troops to land on British soil during the war. It must have been some culture shock for these young lads from the Midwest arriving in Northern Ireland on a dreary January day (and eating pork pies).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1316.09
    Media URN:
    43605
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    29/01/1942
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:13:37:00 / 01:15:48:00
    Canister:
    42/9

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