• US Army Gun Battalion, 1944

    Image ID
    FOT655245
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    4.2 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    3200 x 2062 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    271 x 175 mm
    10.7 x 6.9 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    GI USA army Battalion D 116th Gun Battalion soldier D-Day preparations Second World War World War 2 WWII WW2 Weston-super-Mare Somerset
    Description
    Soldiers of “D” Battalion, 116th Anti-Aircraft Gun Battery, Beach Lawns, 1944. These US soldiers came over from America to Carrick Fergus in Ireland on the RMS Queen Elizabeth. After a few weeks training they then travelled to Weston, arriving on 7 December 1943, the first of many. Battalion Headquarters was the commandeered Severn Croft Hotel on Beach Road. That Christmas the men held a “cash and candy” drive, pooling rations and raising enough money to buy fifty toys and a Santa Claus suit. On Christmas morning Santa climbed into a Jeep and delivered the toys and sweets to local war orphans. In the New Year they held training exercises and prepared equipment for the sea crossing to come. On 17 May, the full battalion left secretly at night. They headed for the mustering areas on the South Coast, and landed on Utah beach in Normandy on 6 June 1944. Front centre is Cpl. Francis Morris. The battalion commanders were Colonel Paul Morris and Colonel James Shearhouse.
    Uploader
    Sharon Poole
    Contributor
    Sharon Poole
    Date Taken
    1944
    Uploaded on
    2010-03-06
    Collection
    Weston-super-Mare - historic
    Category
    Society
    Sub Category
    Militaria
    Setting
    Outdoor
    Point of view
    Eye level
    People
    With people
    Number of people
    many
    Gender
    Male
    Mood
    Smiling
    Dominant colour
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