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An account of the successes and screw ups within the giant deployment of fellows and materiel from the area of inside to the theaters.

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Grening and Clifford S. White, to Iceland. By this time improvement was under way, for the arrival in late January of additional port personnel and the adoption in February of the practice of discharging ships on a twenty-four hour basis were already reducing turnaround time. 40 The port difficulties at Reykjavik were part of the growing pains of the Iceland Base Command. Troop and cargo traffic was heavy in 1942, for as Army forces arrived, the Marines and the British garrison moved out. The same ships that delivered American replacements picked up the British and their equipment and carried them to the United Kingdom.

At the same time, port activity in general was placed under the quartermaster of the newly created Iceland Base Command. 37 Although no better solution was at hand, neither the Assistant Superintendent, ATS, nor the 10th Infantry Regiment were happy about this arrangement. The infantrymen had no desire to be longshoremen, and Whitcomb would have preferred additional service troops. At first there were only four cranes (two of 6-ton 19 and two of 4-ton capacity) and eight tractors for dock work.

19 OCT HB Monograph 11, pp. 11-26. S. Army Bases, Greenland, ASF CE. Mar 46 (hereafter cited as Greenland), Vol. I, pp. IV-4-5, V-12-13, OCMH Files; OCT HB Monograph 11, pp. 32-35; AG 580 Mvmt to Greenland, Sec. 4; G-4/32869, Sec. 1. THE ATLANTIC AND CARIBBEAN BASES Base Command, which was established in 21 the fall of 1941. Cargo shipments to Greenland were modest in 1941, but with America's entry into the war there was a fairly heavy movement of materials from the United States, totaling 194,700 measurement tons during 1942.

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