World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: Over There

The grey, rusty transport edged with khaki ruffling hitched silently toward the wharf. Ashore, British officers waited nervously for uncouth antics in the Aussie manner.

When the ships tied up and the young Americans filed ashore, there was no row. A band from The Royal Ulster Rifles played The Star-Spangled Banner, and Britain's Air Secretary Sir Archibald Sinclair spoke to the visitors: "Here perhaps you will join with us in withstanding assaults by our common enemy. . . . From here, assuredly, you will sally forth . . . into his territory."

The troops at the rail paid scant attention; they were...

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