Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia 1942
Over one million American Servicemen are estimated to have been stationed in Australia between December 1941 and August 1945. Prior to their arrival, very few American GI’s knew anything about Australia. This small format book has been reproduced from the original, which was prepared by Special Service Division, Services of Supply, United States Army, and issued by War and Navy Departments Washington D.C. This, together with a pocket Bible carrying a personal message from President Roosevelt and the Army Song Book, were intended to ease the transition, and offer an outline of Australian history, heritage, culture, politics, currency, and the colloquial language. It addressed the differences with direct simplicity and humor, never failing to drive home any points of perceived similarity between the two cultures. Such tips were considered helpful to these young Servicemen:
". . . 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 . . . "
" . . . The Australian has few equals in the world at swearing . . . the commonest swear words are bastard (pronounced "barstud"), "bugger", and "bloody", and the Australians have a genius for using the latter nearly every other word . . . "
Hard cover, small format, black and white illustrations, 54 pages.