General Dwight D. Eisenhower inspects 8th (Pathfinder) Infantry Division, U.S. Army in Fermanagh (1944)

On 18th May 1944, General Eisenhower inspected U.S. Army infantry troops in Co. Fermanagh as shown in this footage from U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

'General Eisenhower in Co. Fermanagh'

This film footage from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is silent. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe inspects elements of the United States Army 8th (Pathfinder) Infantry Division in Co. Fermanagh on 18th May 1944.

Along with General William Claude McMahon, he inspects 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th (Pathfinder) Infantry Division at Celtic Park. There, he addresses soldiers before walking the short distance to Camp Breandrum. Along the way, he observes men in respirators training for gas attacks and watches soldiers on a rifle range.

Returning to his vehicle, General Eisenhower travels on to Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh and witnesses training exercises in the grounds. Following lunch at the Royal Hotel in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, he inspects around 2,000 troops on the playing fields at Portora School. The footage ends with the American General observing an obstacle course training exercise on the shore of Lough Erne.

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