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Carriage No. 4329 from US General Dwight D. Eisenhowers Alive train in 1942

Carriage No. 4329 from US General Dwight D. Eisenhowers Alive train in 1942


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Date: 25th February 2014

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Carriage No. 4329 from US General Dwight D. Eisenhowers Alive train in 1942

One of the most important areas in which the GWR was asked to support both the war effort and the US army was in the provision of what was codenamed the Alive train which was to be used by the US General Dwight D. Eisenhower whilst in Britain making preparations for the invasion of Europe. Much secrecy surrounded both the make up and the operation of this train, although some details have emerged during the years following the war, and we know that carriage No. 4329, featured in this image, was one of the sleeping coaches from the Alive train. It is understood that the order for the train was issued in June 1942 and that many additions and improvements were subsequently made over the following years, so making the train a fully equipped and self-contained vehicle from which General Eisenhower and his team could operate. During the latter years of the war the Alive train travelled extensively around Britain, and in December 1944, fully equipped with bullet proof glass, the train was shipped overseas where it operated throughout France and on many occasions travelled close to the enemy line

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This print showcases Carriage No. 4329, a significant piece of history from the US General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Alive train in 1942. The Great Western Railway (GWR) played a crucial role in supporting both the war effort and the US army by providing this top-secret train for General Eisenhower during his time in Britain preparing for the invasion of Europe. Amidst an air of secrecy, details about the composition and operation of this extraordinary train have slowly emerged over the years since World War II. This particular image features carriage No. 4329, which served as one of the sleeping coaches on board the Alive train. Initially ordered in June 1942, numerous additions and improvements were made to transform it into a fully equipped and self-contained vehicle that facilitated General Eisenhower's operations alongside his team. Throughout its existence, the Alive train traveled extensively across Britain during wartime before being shipped overseas with reinforced bulletproof glass in December 1944. It continued to operate throughout France, often venturing close to enemy lines. The significance of this photograph lies not only in its depiction of Carriage No. 4329 but also as a testament to GWR's invaluable contribution towards ensuring General Eisenhower had all necessary resources at hand while strategizing for one of history's most pivotal moments –the invasion of Europe.

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