Number Seventeen


Number Seventeen - February 2013


Troop movements in the Mojave Desert. This picture alone shows the international nature of the war. The trucks and drivers were American, the equipment came from Canada and the troops were British. (Photo courtesy Loaghtan Books).

bootleggers, gangsters, film stars, divorce, skyscrapers, vast machines and vast production, Southern hospitality, tobacco and cotton. [In the interests of security] it wasn’t as though I could ask people to give me their ideas on what I should be likely to meet. Once on US soil the pace was grueling. The Battery toured through more than thirty states of the union giving demonstrations of firing, raising funds, parading through city streets, and broadcasting on US radio. On Friday 8 October 1943, when they had been in the States for around four months, they arrived in Riverside. Camp Haan had been developed as a base for anti-aircraft training, so it made sense for the British ack ack troops to be based there. Captain Cole’s diary entry for Saturday 9 October reads: A parade today in Riverside so out came the shorts and shirt. I went into Riverside with the colonel after first dashing around inspecting equipment. The drive into Riverside, reminded me of the film country one sees on Technicolor