Winston Churchill visiting US Marines on Iceland, 16 Aug 1941; note Ensign Franklin Roosevelt, Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Smith also present

Caption   Winston Churchill visiting US Marines on Iceland, 16 Aug 1941; note Ensign Franklin Roosevelt, Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Smith also present ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Marine Corps Oliver P. Smith Collection
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Photos on Same Day 16 Aug 1941
Photos at Same Place Iceland
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 12 Jul 2014

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
16 Aug 2016 12:22:42 PM

One of the shortest lived formations in the United States Marine Corps during World War II was the 1st Marine Brigade (Provisional). Established on 16 June, 1941, at Charletron, South Carolina, with units drawn from the 2nd Marine Division, the Brigade was given the task of reinforcing British defences in Iceland so that the garrison could be redeployed elsewhere. The Marines departed on 22 June and arrived in Iceland on 7 July. They were put to work establishing defensive positions along the coast, mainly to the north of Reykjavik. On 22nd September the Brigade was placed under the command of the US Army's' Iceland Base Command. It was relieved by Army units and returned to the US between February and March 1942 and was disbanded in New York City on 25 March (barely a little over nine months after its creation), with its constituent units sent to rejoin the 2nd Marine Division in California.

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