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“Unlike cricket, which is a polite game, Australian Rules Football creates a desire on the part of the crowd to tear someone apart, usually the referee.” This is only one of the entertaining and astute observations the U.S. military provided in the pocket guides distributed to the nearly one million American soldiers who landed on the shores of Australia between 1942 and 1 ...more
Hardcover, 54 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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Nicolas Scala
Jun 10, 2016 Nicolas Scala rated it it was amazing
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"He's called a Digger or an Anzac. ... There's no finer soldier in the world."

The Australian Army History Unit has released this book for free on its website:
http://www.army.gov.au/~/media/Files/...

Alternative link:
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Jonathan
Jan 13, 2015 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
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This delightful little book is a reprint of the book that was given to all GIs who served in or passed through Australia during the Second World War (along with a Bible and a copy of the Army Song Book). It turns out that over a million Americans did so, and this was their first glimpse of the hows and whys of their host nation. Yanks and Aussies have a lot in common, so it wasn't a great culture shock, other than the money or the local slang. Great fun.
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Dec 29, 2014 Tinneal rated it liked it
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A very blunt and interesting guide to help reduce the culture shock of being an American in Australia, during 1942. It continuously drills into the reader, that they are merely a visitor in the country, and should not expect to be catered to by the locals. It instead teaches them how to fit in and hopefully not get into trouble.
Andreas Michaelides
Jun 15, 2015 Andreas Michaelides rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful booklet that shows what kind of conditions was present in Australia during the Second World War. It's interesting to see how the two cultures differ in so many places even if they basically speak the same language.
Robert
Feb 21, 2009 Robert rated it it was amazing
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An insight into a long-under-appreciated theater of WWII.
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these books are funny
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