Leicester in WW2

Leicester in WW2

Presentation of American Red Cross Clubmobile at "Camp Oadby" (Leicester Racecourse)

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Presentation of American Red Cross Clubmobile at "Camp Oadby" (Leicester Racecourse)
On May 9th 1944 General Matt Ridgway attended a ceremony at Leicester racecourse at which the 82nd Airborne Division were presented with their first American Red Cross Clubmobile. Conceived by Wall Street banker and American Red Cross Commissioner to England, Harvey D. Gibson, the Clubmobiles allowed coffee and "donuts" to be dispensed to soldiers in their places of work. Gibson (in the grey homburg with the black band) stands with his back to Ridgway, who is accepting a coffee (a tray of doughnuts are to his right). 100 Clubmobiles, all based on GMC trucks, were presented to American units just before D-Day. This one and several others like it would accompany the 82nd all the way to Germany.
Posted by Vincent Holyoak on January 25, 2014 Full Size| Slideshow

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