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Instructions for American Servicemen in France During World War II

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780226841724
Author(s): United States Army
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2008
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Dimensions: 126 x 13 x 173 (w x l x h)
Pages: 84

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'You are about to play a personal part in pushing the Germans out of France. Whatever part you take - rifleman, hospital orderly, mechanic, pilot, clerk, gunner, truck driver - you will be an essential factor in a great effort.'As American soldiers began the liberation of France in June 1944, every soldier carried that reminder in his kit. 'Instructions for American Servicemen in France during World War II' was issued to soldiers just before they embarked for France to help them understand both why they were going and what they'd find when they got there. This remarkable guide is now available in a new facsimile edition that reproduces the full text and illustrations of the original along with a new introduction by Rick Atkinson setting the book in context.The pamphlet is equal parts guidebook, cultural snapshot, and propaganda piece. A central aim is to dispel any prejudices American soldiers may have about the French - especially relating to their quick capitulation in 1940. Warning soldiers that the defeat 'is a raw spot which the Nazis have been riding' since the occupation began, Instructions is careful to highlight France's long historical role as a major U.S. ally.
Following that is a brief sketch of the French character ('The French are mentally quick;' 'Rich or poor, they are economical') and stark reminders of the deprivation the French have endured. Yet an air of rea
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