january memories / 26


26th January, 1942 : Several thousand infantry troops of the United Sates Army landed in Northern Ireland today. They are the first US troops to set foot in Europe – other than Iceland – since the Great War when the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France to reinforce the Allies. Today’s landing was a carefully kept secret. Even the band of Royal Ulster Rifles were not told where they were going, or why. Nevertheless they managed a creditable version of “Star-Spangled Banner” as the first ship docked.

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