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Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia, 1942
“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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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.
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.