It arrived on 26 January 1942—the date that the first American soldiers landed on UK soil.The US troops, men of the United States 34th ‘Red Bull’ Infantry Division, landed in Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland. Eamon de Valera, the leader of the Irish Republic, protested strongly against their arrival. (The Irish Republic was neutral and not sympathetic to the British cause—although many Irishmen fought in the war as private citizens and joined the RAF and other branches of the British military).
The ‘Red Bull’ first saw combat when it landed in French Algeria (Operation Torch). The division fought in Italy for the remainder of the war, where the 34th participated in the fighting around Monte Cassino and afterwards in the landings at Anzio.