Instr For American Servicemen In Britain (1942)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AMERICAN SERVICEMEN IN BRITAIN (1942)
Apt now as then, 75 years hence. Deployed to Britain, the clueless young American soldiers of WWII had to master the challenges imposed by the odd customs of a strange land—Britain. They did so armed with this guide, drafted by the U.S. War Department in 1942 to help American servicemen acclimate to their ﬁrst stop in Europe without alienating our biggest ally. Amid proscriptions against bragging, ﬁghting and underestimating the mettle of British women, this faithful reproduction includes candid critiques and admiring assessments, along with guides to currency, weights and measures, plus translations of key words in their curious tongue.