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More troops in Northern Ireland, May 1942 (Northern Ireland)

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A further strong force of American troops have now arrived in northern Ireland, after a safe journey by convoy.

PHOTO:- General Russell Hartle, Commander of the American troops welcoming them on their arrival.
BOY. 18th May, 1942 P. N.


U. S. Signal Corps.

Washington County Free Library

May 12,1942. Third increment of MAGNET Force arrives in Northern Ireland
- More of the 34th Infantry Division
- Part of the 1st Armored Division including over 200 tanks
- A detachment of Headquarters, V Corps
- Ordnance troops in this contingent include the 79th
Ordnance Depot Company and the 109th Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company

13 May Headquarters, V Corps arrived in Northern Ireland

13 May 135th Infantry (34th Infantry Division) arrives at Londonderry (embarked 30 April at New York on Aquitania which arrived in Scotland 12 May, where troops transshipped into lighters for movement to Northern Ireland)

16 May Queen Mary arrives in Firth of Clyde (sailed from New York 10/11 May) with fourth increment (10,000 men) of MAGNET Force
- Personnel begin disembarking and reembarking in lighters for movement via Belfast to final destinations in Northern Ireland
- 1st Armored Division personnel to occupy Dundrum Bay, Ballykinler and Newcastle in County Down
- This marks first voyage of the two former British passenger liners (Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth) on their high-speed unescorted shuttle runs to move American forces to the British Isles

18 May Fourth contingent of MAGNET Force arrives in Northern Ireland after ferrying from Firth of Clyde in lighters; includes:
- Final portion of 34th Infantry Division
- Bulk of personnel (without equipment) from the 1st Armored Division

. - ( United States Army in World War II, United States Forces in Northern Ireland, U.S. Army Center of Military History)

For British Pathe Newsreel of the American arrival see American Troops in Northern Ireland, Pathe News, 1942


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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