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  • Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain 1942

    I know that Doctor Sinister had alluded to this booklet back in 2005, so just for your delectation and my post quota, I am posting the contents of ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain 1942’ in full. If you haven’t read it before, please take your time to do so now as it is rather an amusing read from our perspective today but back then the advice and instruction was very well researched and summed up the wartime ‘Brit’ pretty well. The pamphlet was given to all American servicemen who were being sent to Britain for the prelude to the invasion of Europe (and air campaign) by the U.S War Department in 1942. Many of the young GIs had never been abroad before and the pamphlet’s avowed aim was to prepare these young Americans of life in a very different country and to prevent any friction between them and the local population.













    Paul
    ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
    All human ills he can subdue,
    Or with a bauble or medal
    Can win mans heart for you;
    And many a blessing know to stew
    To make a megloamaniac bright;
    Give honour to the dainty Corse,
    The Pixie is a little shite.

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    Paul
    ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
    All human ills he can subdue,
    Or with a bauble or medal
    Can win mans heart for you;
    And many a blessing know to stew
    To make a megloamaniac bright;
    Give honour to the dainty Corse,
    The Pixie is a little shite.

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      Paul
      ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
      All human ills he can subdue,
      Or with a bauble or medal
      Can win mans heart for you;
      And many a blessing know to stew
      To make a megloamaniac bright;
      Give honour to the dainty Corse,
      The Pixie is a little shite.

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      • #4
        Thanks for posting that, Paul.
        Quite an enlightening read.
        "England expects that every man will do his duty!" (English crew members had better get ready for a tough fight against the combined French and Spanish fleets because that's what England expects! However, Scotland, Wales and Ireland appear to expect nothing so the Scottish, Welsh and Irish crew members can relax below decks if they like!)

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        • #5
          Thanks for posting that Dibble.We had similar training when I was stationed in Germany to help prevent being seen as the "Ugly Americans".
          If you Ain't Cav,You Ain't S---

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          • #6
            Cheers Dibs!

            Really enjoyed reading that!
            "COOMMAAAAAAANNNNDOOOO!!!!!"
            - Mad Jack Churchill.

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            • #7
              Nice reading! Thank you, I enjoyed this, too.
              "Keep Calm. Use Less X's"

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              • #8
                Thanks for posting that! Very interesting and rather funny too!
                A wild liberal appears! Conservative uses logical reasoning and empirical evidence! It's super effective! Wild liberal faints.

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                • #9
                  I really enjoyed that. Thanks.
                  "Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way." - Christopher Hitchens

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                  • #10
                    A good little read. Thanks for that.

                    PS - wonder if they had similar booklets for troops stationed in other theatres, such as Australia/New Zealand?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
                      A good little read. Thanks for that.

                      PS - wonder if they had similar booklets for troops stationed in other theatres, such as Australia/New Zealand?
                      I've read one (for book review) on Iraq.
                      Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                      "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
                        A good little read. Thanks for that.

                        PS - wonder if they had similar booklets for troops stationed in other theatres, such as Australia/New Zealand?
                        Now you mention it, here are the booklets that are on offer at Amazon which includes Americans in Australia.

                        http://www.amazon.co.uk/Instructions...ref=pd_sim_b_5

                        http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...805269-9017448

                        And thanks most kindly all of you that repped me on this article, as you can see, I now have my first shiny, dangly gold star.

                        Paul

                        PS
                        I have just ordered the American Servicemen in Australia 1942 and will post the contents as soon as I recieve it in about 2-3 days.
                        Last edited by Dibble201Bty; 20 Mar 11, 04:36.
                        ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
                        All human ills he can subdue,
                        Or with a bauble or medal
                        Can win mans heart for you;
                        And many a blessing know to stew
                        To make a megloamaniac bright;
                        Give honour to the dainty Corse,
                        The Pixie is a little shite.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the scans, Paul.

                          What a terrific bit of writing it is, too ... complex and sensitive issues were summarized beautifully for the 'Average Joe' ...

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                          • #14
                            A great find Paul. Thank's for sharing!
                            Wine for my men. We ride at dawn. (Seen on an L.F.C. banner.)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by clackers View Post
                              Thanks for the scans, Paul.

                              What a terrific bit of writing it is, too ... complex and sensitive issues were summarized beautifully for the 'Average Joe' ...
                              Now I know I have done my share of digs at the 'Yanks' in the past but to be absolutely fair, many of them were aware of the haves and have nots with the service men of each country and did attempt to play it 'straight down the line'. The trouble was they would possibly be doing something fairly innocently like going out with the 'local talent' and the girl only had to look like she was having a good time and it was like waving a red flag at a bull!! Hence the start of many a fight, words thrown around like,Nylons,tins of Spam, money (yes in those days,even the humble tin of spam!) The men involved finished with physical bruises and the girls with bruised reputations, along come the 'Redcaps' and no one wins. lcm1
                              Last edited by lcm1; 20 Mar 11, 20:58.
                              'By Horse by Tram'.


                              I was in when they needed 'em,not feeded 'em.
                              " Youuu 'Orrible Lot!"

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