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On midday on March 23, 1944, Churchill began a two-day inspection tour of American troops in England. Travelling by train he was accompanied by the Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower and Lieutenant-General Omar Bradley. That afternoon Churchill inspected the 101st Airborne Division at the Newbury Race Course. He reviewed thousands of soldiers, inspected the equipment, observed a parachute jump by hundreds of troops, and watched the landing of glider aircraft. Later he climbed inside some of the gliders. Churchill spoke to the troops and said, “You have a great part to play. You are specially trained. You are the most modern expression of war. Soon you will have the opportunity of testifying your faith in all those inspiring phrases of the American constitution and of striking a blow which, however, it may leave the world, will, as we are determined, make it a better and a broader world for all.” He concluded with, “I thank God you are here and from the bottom of my heart I wish you good fortune and success.”

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