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Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-17-2008, 08:40 AM
I have in my possession an original guide book issued to American personnel visiting Great Britain during WWII. Thought some you might find it interesting. Of note, the booklet is often reprinted in hardback and paperback form here – with and without added comment - and sells well. I believe such a booklet was prepared for G.I.s stationed in Australia – I'd love to see it or any other literature prepared for other countries. I've trawled the net in vain for a complete copy of either to simply copy and paste but to no avail. Should someone have better luck, please let me know here and save my keyboard from unnecessary wear and tear. Obviously, I can't type illustrations. Should some kind soul wish to send me a scanner you can find me in Yellow Pages under ˜destitute criminal masterminds'....

I'll type up the contents verbatim and let the booklet speak for itself.

I'll start with the introductory passages and add more at regular intervals, the booklet is a pocket-sized 34 paged affair so bear with me, I'm not a speed typist.
Anyway – here goes:-



A Short Guide To Great Britain

War & Navy Departments Washington D.C.



Contents

Introduction

The Country

The Government

The People – Their Customs and Manners

Britain at War

English Versus American Language

British Money, Weights and Measures

Some Important Do's and Don'ts

Glossary of Terms

The British Think So Too

Unity Under The Skin



INTRODUCTION

You are going to Great Britain as part of an Allied offensive – to meet Hitler and beat him on his own ground. For the time being you will be Britain's guest. The purpose of this guide is to get you acquainted with the British, their country and their ways.

America and Britain are allies. Hitler knows that they are both powerful countries, tough and resourceful. He knows that they, with the other United Nations, mean his crushing defeat in the end.

So it is only common sense to understand that the first and major duty Hitler has given his propaganda chiefs is to separate Britain and America and spread distrust between them. If he can do that, his chance of winning might return.

No Time To Fight Old Wars If you come from an Irish-American family, you may think of the English as persecutors of the Irish, or you may think of them as enemy Redcoats who fought against us in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. But there is no time today to fight old wars over again or bring up old grievances. We don't worry about which side our grandfathers fought on in the Civil War, because it doesn't mean anything now.

We can defeat Hitler's propaganda with a weapon of our own. Plain, common, horse sense; understanding of evident truths.

The most evident truth of all is that in their major ways of life the British and American people are much alike. They speak the same language. They both believe in representative government, the freedom of worship, in freedom of speech. But each country has national characteristics which differ. It is by causing misunderstanding about these differences that Hitler hopes to make his propaganda effective.

British Reserved, Not Unfriendly. You defeat enemy propaganda not by denying that these differences exist, but by admitting them openly and then trying to understand them. For instance: The British are often more reserved in conduct than we. On a small crowded island where forty-five million people live, each man learns to guard his privacy carefully – and is equally careful not to invade another man's privacy.

So if Britons sit in trains or buses without striking up conversation with you, it doesn't mean they are being haughty and unfriendly. Probably they are paying more attention than you think. But they don't speak to you because they don't want to appear intrusive or rude.

Another difference. The British have phrases and colloquialisms of their own that may sound funny to you. You can make just as many boners in their eyes. It isn't a good idea, for instance to say "bloody" in mixed company in Britain – it is one of their worst swear words. To say "I look like a bum" is offensive to their ears, for to the British this means that you look like your own backside. It isn't important – just a tip if you are trying to shine in polite society. Near the end of this guide you will find more of these differences of speech.

British money is in pound, shillings, and pence (this is also explained more fully later on.) The British are used to this system and they like it, and all your arguments that the American decimal system is better won't convince them. They won't be pleased to hear you call it "funny money," either. They sweat hard to get it (wages are much lower in Britain than America) and they won't think you smart or funny for mocking it.

Don't Be A Show Off. The British dislike bragging and showing off. American wages and soldier's pay are the highest in the world. When your pay day comes, it would be sound practice to learn to spend your money according to British standards. They consider you highly paid. They won't think any better of you for throwing money around; they are more likely to think that you haven't learnt the common-sense virtues of thrift. The British "Tommy" is apt to be specially touchy about the difference between his wages and yours. Keep this in mind. Use common sense and don't rub him the wrong way.

You will find many things in Britain physically different from similar things in America. But there are also important similarities – our common speech, our common law, and our ideals of religious freedom were all brought from Britain when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Our ideas about political liberties are British and parts of our own bill of rights were borrowed from the great charters of British liberty.

Remember that in America you like people to conduct themselves as we do, and to respect the same things. Try to do the same for the British and respect the things they treasure.

The British Are Tough. Don't be mislead by the British tendency to be soft spoken and polite. If they need to be, they can be plenty tough. The English language didn't spread across the oceans and over the mountains and jungles and swamps of the world because these people were panty-waists.

Sixty thousand British civilians – men women and children – have died under bombs, and yet the morale of the British is unbreakable and high. A nation doesn't come through that, if it doesn't have plain, common guts. The British are tough, strong people and good allies.

You won't be able to tell the British much about "taking it". They are not particularly interested in taking it ant more. They are far more interested in getting together in solid friendship with us, so that we can all start dishing it out to Hitler.



More to follow

SeaFireLIV
02-17-2008, 08:46 AM
First time I`ve seen this thanks!

There`s so much here that`s quite true. For example, I for one hate bragging and showing off, the kind of `PWNED!` talk you see. Once a man is down, leave him, no need to do more imho.

The bum` thing is also quite true... though now I understand the American meaning.

And the reserved thing is also true, for me anyway.

Though I see much of this getting diluted in Britain today... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Oh and another one many should learn: Politness saying stuff like `thankyou` or apologising is NOT weakness. I`ve had to prove this a few times in my life.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-17-2008, 08:58 AM
I think a lot of it refers to a Britain we won't see again. It's a bit idealised BBC 'Miss Marple' to the modern reader, but a fascinating read nevertheless, and an interesting comparison between old and modern images. Maybe there's a modern version issued to todays' G.I.'s? - I shudder to think what some of the passages would say about modern Britain. But yes, I like to think some of the characteristics mentioned in the original guide remain.

Edit: And there's me saying I'd let the booklet speak for itself http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

leitmotiv
02-17-2008, 09:43 AM
As Wilde said "only separated by common language."

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-17-2008, 10:17 AM
The Country

You will find out right away that England is a small country, smaller than North Carolina or Iowa. The whole of Great Britain together – that is England and Scotland and Wales together – is hardly bigger than Minnesota.

England's largest river, the Thames (pronounced "Tems") is not even as big as the Mississippi when it leaves Minnesota. No part of England is more than one hundred miles from the sea.

If you are from Boston or Seattle the weather may remind you of home. If you are from Arizona or North Dakota you will find it a little hard to get used to. At first you will probably not like the almost constant rains and mists and the absence of snow and crisp cold. Actually, the city of London has less rain for the whole year than many places in the United States, but the rain falls in frequent drizzles. Most eople get used to the English climate eventually.

If you have the chance to travel about you will agree that no area of the same size in the United States has such a variety of scenery. At one end of the English Channel there is a coast like that of Maine. At the other end are the great white chalk cliffs of Dover. The lands of South England and the Thames Valley are like farm or grazing lands of the eastern United States, while the lake country in the north of England and the highlands of Scotland are like the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In the East, where England bulges out towards Holland, the land is almost Dutch in appearance, low, flat and marshy. The great wild moors of Yorkshire in the north and Devon in the southwest will remind you of the badlands of Dakota and Montana.

Age Instead Of Size. On furlough you will probably go to the cities, where you will meet the Briton's pride in age and tradition. You will find that the British care little about size, not having the "biggest" of everything as we do. For instance, London has no skyscrapers. Not because English architects couldn't design one, but because London is built on swampy ground, not on a rock like New York, and skyscrapers need something solid to rest their foundations on. In London they will point out buildings to you like Westminster Abbey, where England's kings and greatest men are buried, and St. Paul's Cathedral with its famous dome, and the Tower of London, which was built almost a thousand years ago. All of these buildings have played an important part in England's history. They mean as much to the British as Mount Vernon or Lincoln's birthplace do to us.

The largest English cities are all located in the lowlands near the various seacoasts. (See the map in the center of this guide.) In the southeast, on the Thames, is London – which is the combined New York, Washington and Chicago not only of England but of the far-flung British Empire. Greater London's huge population of twelve million people is the size of Greater New York City and all its suburbs with the nearby New Jersey cities thrown in. It is also more than a quarter of the total population of the British Isles. The great "midland" manufacturing cities of Birmingham, Sheffield, and Coventry (sometimes called "the Detroit of Britain") are located in the central part of England. Nearby on the west coast are the textile and shipping centers of Manchester and Liverpool. Further north in Scotland, is the world's leading shipbuilding center of Glasgow. On the east side of Scotland is the historic Scottish capital, Edinburgh, scene of the tales of Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson which many of you read in school. In southwest England at the broad mouth of the Severn is the great port of Bristol.

Remember There's A War On. Britain may look a little shop-worn and grimy to you. The British people are anxious to have you know that you are not seeing their country at its best. There's been a war on since 1939. The houses haven't been painted because the factories aren't making paint – they're making planes. The famous English gardens and parks are either unkempt because there are no men to take care of them, or they are being used to grow needed vegetables. British taxicabs look antique because Britain makes tanks for herself and Russia and hasn't time to make new cars. British trains are cold because power is needed for industry, not for heating. There are no luxury dining cars on trains because total war effort has no place for such frills. The trains are unwashed and grimy because men and women are needed for more important work than car-washing. The British people are anxious for you to know that in normal times Britain looks much pettier, cleaner, neater.


More to follow

thefruitbat
02-17-2008, 10:21 AM
The British people are anxious for you to know that in normal times Britain looks much pettier, cleaner, neater.

unfortunatly not so much now...

interesting read http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

foxyboy1964
02-17-2008, 11:22 AM
Yes, it is interesting isn't it. Some extracts from that book should be taught in British schools today.

Is the part about 60,000 civilian deaths accurate? I believe there were 3,000 casualties in London during the blitz and I know that Coventry, Plymouth and Clydebank were hammered, but I didn't think there were 60,000 deaths.

Thanks for posting Low Flyer.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-17-2008, 11:32 AM
I think the stats are accurate as could be had at the time - I'll check them out.

Here's a little more:-

GOVERNMENT

ALTHOUGH you'll read in the papers about "lords" and "sirs," England is still one of the great democracies and the cradle of many American liberties. Personal rule by the King has been dead in England for nearly a thousand years. Today, the King reigns, but does not govern. The British people have great affection for their monarch but they have stripped him of practically all political power. It is well to remember this in you comings and goings about England. Be careful not to criticise the King. The British feel about that the way you would if anyone spoke against our country or our flag. Today's King and Queen stuck with the people through the blitzes and had their home bombed just like anyone else, and the people are proud of them.

Britain the Cradle of Democracy. Today the old power of the King has been shifted to Parliament, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. The British Parliament has been called the mother of parliaments, because almost all the representative bodies in the world have been copied from it. It is made up of two houses, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The House of Commons is the most powerful group and is elected by all adult men and women in the country, much like our Congress. Today the House of Lords can do little more than add its approval to laws passed by the House of Commons. Many of the titles held by the lords (such as "baron" and "duke" and "earl") have been passed from father to son for hundreds of years. Others are granted for outstanding achievement, much as American colleges and universities give honorary degrees to famous men and women. These customs may seem strange and old-fashioned but they give the British the same feeling of security and comfort that many of us get from the familiar ritual of a church service.

The important thing to remember is that within the apparently old-fashioned framework the British enjoy a practical, working twentieth century democracy which is in some ways even more flexible and sensitive to the will of the people than our own.


More to follow

To me, the most interesting bits are yet to come (we're on page 10 of 37 now) - the next segment deals with the British customs, manners and their attitude to sports and entertainment. Stay tuned, it's good stuff.

SeaFireLIV
02-17-2008, 11:37 AM
Looking forward to it.

ploughman
02-17-2008, 12:04 PM
Looking forward to the bit on cricket. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

foxyboy1964
02-17-2008, 12:13 PM
Looking forward to the bit on rugby, and how they explain the absence of crash helmets etc. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-17-2008, 12:18 PM
It's all there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Might be a while, got a house guest to entertain....

foxyboy1964
02-17-2008, 12:20 PM
You should change your sig to "Secretary For Low Flyer."

Perhaps Megile will be kind enough to supply us with a suitable image http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

harryklein66
02-17-2008, 01:34 PM
A short guide to Irak 1943 (http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/iraq_guide.htm)

R_Target
02-17-2008, 03:11 PM
Good stuff Low Flyer. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

MB_Avro_UK
02-17-2008, 03:15 PM
Hi all,

The figure of 60,000 quoted for British civilians killed by bombing is slightly low. But this publication was printed before the end of WW2.

Great stuff though LF http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Is there a mention of the Whirlwind? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-17-2008, 07:23 PM
harryklein66 - that's the same format as I've got in my desk right now, mine's got a red white and blue border. Looks like actual size at 1024 x 738. Pretty safe bet that they were prepared for wherever Americans might end up. Many thanks for the link - some other interesting publications there.

Avro - you might be surprised when we get to the 'Britain at war' section. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Here goes with the sporty bits then - glad you all seem to be enjoying it so far...

THE PEOPLE – THEIR CUSTOMS AND MANNERS

THE BEST WAY to get on in Britain is very much the same as the best way to get on in America. The same sort of courtesy and decency and friendliness that go over big in America will go over big in Britain. The British have seen a good many Americans and they like Americans. They will like your frankness as long as it is friendly. They will expect you to be generous. They are not given to back-slapping and they are shy about showing their affections. But once they get to like you they make the best friends in the world.

In "getting along" the first important thing to remember is that the British are like the Americans in many ways – but not in all ways. You will quickly discover differences that seem confusing and even wrong. Like driving on the left side of the road, and having money based on an "impossible" accounting system, and drinking warm beer. But once you get used to that you will realise that they belong to England just as baseball and jazz and coca-cola belong to us.

The British Like Sports. The British of all classes are enthusiastic about sports, both as amateurs and spectators of professional sports. They love to shoot, they love to play games, they ride horses and bet on horse races, they fish. (But be careful where you hunt or fish. Fishing and hunting rights are often private property.)

The great spectator sports are football in the autumn and winter and cricket in the spring and summer. See a "match" in either of these sports whenever you get a chance. You will get a kick out of it – if only for the differences from American sports.

Cricket will strike you as slow compared to American baseball, but it isn't easy to play well. You will probably get more fun out of "village cricket" which corresponds to sandlot baseball than you would out of the big three-day professional matches. The big professional matches are often nothing but a private contest between the bowler (who corresponds to our pitcher) and the batsman (batter) and you have to know the fine points of the game to understand what is going on.

Football in Britain takes two forms. They play soccer, which is known in America; and they also play "rugger," which is a rougher game and closer to American football, but is played without the padded suits and headguards which we use. Rugger requires fifteen on a side, uses a ball slightly bigger than our football, and allows lateral but not forward passing. The English do not handle the ball as cleanly as we do, but they are far more expert with their feet. As in all games, no substitutes are allowed. If a man is injured, his side continues with fourteen players and so on.

You will find that English crowds at football or cricket matches are often more orderly and more polite to the players than American crowds. If a fielder misses a catch at cricket, the crowd will probably take a sympathetic attitude. They will shout "Good try." Even if it looks to you like a bad fumble. In America the crowd would probably shout "Take him out." This contrast should be remembered. It means that you must be careful in the excitement of an English game not to shout out remarks that everyone in America would understand, but which the British might think insulting.

In general more people play games in Britain than in America and they play the game even if they are not good at it. You can always find people who play no better than you and are glad to play with you. They are good sportsmen and are quick to recognise good sportsmanship when they see it.

More to follow

Next up "Indoor entertainment" - including pubs, warm beer and expensive whisky...coming soon.

foxyboy1964
02-17-2008, 11:24 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkIX:
You will find that English crowds at football or cricket matches are often more orderly and more polite to the players than American crowds.
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif often, but not always.

foxyboy1964
02-17-2008, 11:28 PM
Originally posted by MB_Avro_UK:
The figure of 60,000 quoted for British civilians killed by bombing is slightly low. But this publication was printed before the end of WW2.


Wow, I thought the 60,000 figure was way over http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Copperhead311th
02-22-2008, 05:41 PM
this still doesn't explain to me why "bloody" is a dirty word. or what a W@nker is.
or a chav.....

and why the hell tea is so important.
I drink tea by the gallon...iced & sweet.
almost every day. but why you ppl are so piticular on just what type, brand it is i can't understand. and why is there a damn tea "time". and what time is tea time.

explain these thing to me please.

ploughman
02-22-2008, 06:16 PM
This is because you live somewhere with sunshine. Tea is like grey. To lots of people grey is grey, to a denizen of the British Isles, grey is a symphony of sublety and nuance, warm greys, cold greys, the grey that's a bit blue that hints at the vault beyond, the grey that's without texture and is slightly pale that means snow is coming, the deeply rusted grey that means the sky will clear 3 hours after sunset.

So, now we've cleared up what tea's about time to talk about tea time.

Tea time has nothing to do with tea.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-22-2008, 06:27 PM
Well said, old boy.


I was told by a lovely old English teacher that 'bloody' was originally blasphemous - being a corruption of 'By Our Lady' dating to the days when we were all good Catholics. Sadly our degenerating moral standards have seen the word lose it's impact - you're guaranteed to hear the F-word every night on our main (non-sattelite) t.v. channels. As for the others...


http://www.monkeysyndicate.co.uk/chavspotting/main.html

http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/******

Edit: God bless the Ubi-censor. Nice to see some moral standards remain in this wicked, foul-mouthed world. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

ploughman
02-22-2008, 06:35 PM
The ubi censor is wank.

leitmotiv
02-22-2008, 07:02 PM
The l---ys remain a b----y mystery even after pillaging their womenfolk, drinking their beer, watching their films, reading their literature,and reading their history. Let yourself be disabused of one myth, as my old prof used to say "The English are a hhhhhhhharrrrdddddd people." Leit the Invading Saxon Swine

MEGILE
02-24-2008, 06:25 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
The ubi censor is wank.

QED.

ffb
02-24-2008, 03:41 PM
During the war time...before everything got confused by brunch, T.V. dinners etc. most families would have their main meal of the day in the evening....after dad got home from work. This was called Dinner time. A light snack would be had at mid-day called lunch...to tide you over...since breakfast was at about 6-7 O'clock in the morning...before dad went to work and the kids to school.
Another snack at about four O'clock in the afternoon was usually a cup of tea (or rather a pot of tea) accompanied by a piece of cake or biscuits or a sandwich (most mothers doing their own baking)...this was called tea time..

On saturdays and sundays, when there was no school and dad was often off work, the main meal would usually be shifted to mid-day and called dinner....the family could then go out in the afternoon together without the mother having to prepare a large meal in the evening..

an extra meal would sometimes be had in the evening before bed-time called supper..

relcox
02-29-2008, 01:04 PM
Enjoying this, any more coming? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-29-2008, 01:11 PM
Should be up later tonight http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

tHeBaLrOgRoCkS
02-29-2008, 02:05 PM
Originally posted by Copperhead311th:
this still doesn't explain to me why "bloody" is a dirty word. or what a W@nker is.
or a chav.....



a W@nker (also see 'merchant banker' in colloquial londinium ) is in its simplest form a habitual male self abuser, although it can also be used to describe anyone who could better benefit the human genome by finding a nice closet to get 'acquainted' with 'himself' rather than procreating and contributing to the human gene pool thus engendering the increase in the overall numbers of 'Chav' (See also 'Neds' in colloquial Scotian) per capita ratio

Crystal?

Low_Flyer_MkIX
02-29-2008, 03:17 PM
O.K. chaps. Settle down for the next installment...

Indoor Amusements. The British have theatres and movies (which they call "cinemas") as we do. But the great place of recreation is the "pub". A pub, or public house, is what we would call a bar or tavern. The usual drink is beer, which is not an imitation of German beer as ours is, but ale. (But they usually call it beer or "bitter".) Not much whiskey is now being drunk. Wartime taxes have shot the price of a bottle up to about $4.50. The British are beer-drinkers – and can hold it. The beer is now below peacetime strength, but can still make a man's tongue wag at both ends.

You will be welcome in the British pubs as long as you remember one thing. The pub is "the poor man's club," the neighbourhood or village gathering place, where the men have come to see their friends, not strangers. If you want to join a darts game, let them ask you first (as they probably will.) And if you are beaten it is the custom to stand aside and let someone else play.

The British make much of Sunday. All the shops are closed, most of the restaurants are closed, and in the small towns there is not much to do. You had better follow the example of the British people and try to spend Sunday afternoon in the country.

British churches, particularly the little village churches, are often very beautiful inside and out. Most of them are always open and if you feel like it, do not hesitate to walk in. But do not walk around if a service is going on.

You will naturally be interested in getting to know your opposite number, the British soldier, the "Tommy" you have heard and read about. You can understand that two actions on your part will slow up the friendship – swiping his girl, and not appreciating what his army has been up against. Yes, and rubbing it in that you are better paid than he is.

Children the world over are easy to get along with. British children are much like our own. The British have reserved much of the food that gets through solely for their children. To the British children you as an American will be "something special." For they have been fed at their schools and impressed with the fact that the food they ate was sent to them by Uncle Sam. You don't have to tell the British about lend-lease food. They know about it and appreciate it.

Keep Out of Arguments. You can rub a Britisher the wrong way by telling him "we came over and won the last one." Each nation did its share. But Britain remembers that nearly a million of her best manhood died in the last war. America lost 60, 000 in action.

Such arguments and the war debts along with them are dead issues. Nazi propaganda now is pounding away day and night asking the British people why they fight "to save Uncle Shylock and his silver dollar." Don't play into Hitler's hands by mentioning war debts.

Neither do the British need to be told that their armies lost the first couple of rounds in the present war. We've lost a couple, ourselves, so do not start of by being critical and saying what the Yanks are going to do. Use your head before you sound off, and remember how long the British alone held Hitler off without any help from anyone.

In the pubs you will hear a lot of Britons openly criticizing their government and the conduct of the war. That isn't an occasion for you to put in your two-cents worth. It's their business, not yours. You sometimes criticize members of your own family - but just let an outsider start doing the same, and you know how you feel!

The Briton is just as outspoken and independent as we are. But don't get him wrong. He is also the most law-abiding citizen in the world, because the British system of justice is just about the best there is. There are fewer murders, robberies and burglaries in the whole of Great Britain in a year than in a single large American city.

Once again, look, listen, and learn before you start telling the British how much better we do things. They will be interested to hear about life in America and you have a great chance to overcome the picture many of them have gotten from movies of an America made up of wild Indians and gangsters. When you find differences between British and American ways of doing things, there is usually a good reason for them.

British railways have dinky freight cars (which they call "goods wagons") not because they don't know any better. Small cars allow quicker handling of freight at the thousands and thousands of small stations.

British automobiles are little and low-powered. That's because all the gasoline has to be imported over thousands of miles of ocean.

British taxicabs have comic-looking front wheel structures. Watch them turn around in a 12-foot street and you'll understand why.

The British don't know how to make a good cup of coffee. You don't know how to make a good cup of tea. It's an even swap.

The British are leisurely – but not really slow. Their crack trains held world speed records. A British ship held the trans-Atlantic record. A British car and a British driver set world's speed records in America.

Do not be offended if Britishers do not pay as full respects to national or regimental colors as Americans do. The British do not treat the flag as such an important symbol as we do. But they pay more frequent respect to their national anthem. In peace or war "God Save the King" (to the same tune as our "America") is played at the conclusion of all public gatherings such as theater performances. The British consider it bad form not to stand at attention, even if it means missing the last bus. If you are in a hurry, leave before the national anthem is played. That's considered alright.

On the whole, British people – whether English, Scottish or Welsh are open and honest. If you are on furlough and puzzled about directions, money or customs, most people will be anxious to help you as long as you speak first and without bluster. The best authority on all problems is the nearest "bobby" (policeman) inn his steel helmet. British police are proud of being able to answer almost any question under the sun. They're not in a hurry and they'll take plenty of time to talk to you.

The British will welcome you as friends and allies. But remember that crossing the ocean doesn't automatically make you a hero. There are housewives in aprons and youngsters in knee pants in Britain who have lived through more high explosives in air raids than many soldiers saw in first class barrages in the last war.

More to follow

Coming next - Britain at war, including why the British girls don't use much soap.

MB_Avro_UK
02-29-2008, 05:16 PM
Great information LF and very many thanks for taking the time and effort to post http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

It seems to be a very well written publication and accurate for it's time.

This is an interesting extract...still applicable today maybe http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif



Keep Out of Arguments. You can rub a Britisher the wrong way by telling him "we came over and won the last one." Each nation did its share. But Britain remembers that nearly a million of her best manhood died in the last war. America lost 60, 000 in action.


Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

relcox
03-01-2008, 01:56 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif great stuff, looking forward to the next instalment, thanks.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-03-2008, 01:02 PM
Britain at war

AT HOME in America you were in a country at war. Since your ship left port, however, you have been in a war zone. You will find that all Britain is a war zone and has been since September 1939. All this has meant great changes in the British way of life.

Every light in England is blacked out every night and all night. Every highway sign has come down and barrage balloons have gone up. Grazing land is now ploughed for wheat and flower beds turned into vegetable gardens. Britain's peacetime army of a couple of hundred thousand men has expanded to over two million men. Everything from the biggest factory to the smallest village workshop is turning out something for the war, so that Britain can supply arms for herself, for Libya, India, Russia, and every front. Hundreds of thousands of women have gone to work in factories or joined the many military auxiliary forces. Old-time social distinctions are being forgotten as the sons of factory workers rise to be officers in the forces and the daughters of noblemen get jobs in munitions factories.

But more important than this is the effect of the war itself. The British have been bombed, night after night and month after month. Thousands of them have lost their houses, their possessions, their families. Gasoline, clothes and railroad travel are hard to come by and incomes are cut by taxes to an extent that we Americans have not even approached. One of the things the English always had enough of in the past was soap. Now it is so scarce that girls working in the factories often cannot get the grease off their hands or out of their hair. And food is more strictly rationed than anything else.

The British Came Through. For many months the people of Britain have been doing without things which Americans take for granted. But you will find that shortages, discomforts, blackouts and bombings have not made the British depressed. They have a new cheerfulness and a new determination born out of hard times and tough luck. After going through what they have been through it's only human nature that they should be more determined than ever to win.

You are coming to Britain from a country where your home is still safe, food is still plentiful, and lights are still burning. So it is doubly important for you to remember that the British soldiers and civilians have been living under a tremendous strain. It is always impolite to criticise your hosts. It is militarily stupid to criticise your allies. So stop and think before you sound off about lukewarm beer, or cold or boiled potatoes, or the way English cigarettes taste.

If British civilians look dowdy and badly dressed, it is not because they do not like good clothes or know how to wear them. All clothing is rationed and the British know that they help war production by wearing an old suit or dress until it cannot be patched any longer. Old clothes are "good form."

One thing to be careful about – if you are invited into a British home and the host exhorts you to "eat up – there's plenty on the table," go easy. It may be the rations for the whole week spread out to show their hospitality.

Waste Means Lives It is always said that the Americans throw more food into their garbage cans than any country eats. It is true. We have always been a" producer" nation. Most British food is imported even in peacetimes, and for the last two years the British have been taught not to waste the things that their ships bring in from abroad. British seamen die getting those convoys through. The British have been taught this so thoroughly that they know that food and gasoline represent the lives of merchant sailors. And when you burn gasoline needlessly, it will seem to them as if you are wasting the lives of those seamen – and when you destroy or waste food you have wasted the life of another sailor.

British Women At War. A British woman officer or non-commissioned officer can – and often does – give orders to a man private. The men obey smartly and know it is no shame. For British women have proven themselves in this war. They have stuck to their posts near burning ammunition dumps, delivered messages afoot after their motor–cycles have been blasted from under them. They have pulled aviators from burning planes. They have died at the gun posts and as they fell another girl has stepped directly into the position and "carried on." There is not a single record of any British woman in uniformed service quitting her post or failing in her duty under fire.

Now you know why British soldiers respect their women in uniform. They have won the right to the utmost respect. When you see a girl in khaki or air-force blue with a bit of ribbon on her tunic – remember she didn't get it for knitting more socks than anyone else in Ipswich.

More to follow

Coming next - the one you've all been waiting for....

British versus American language. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

foxyboy1964
03-03-2008, 01:11 PM
I found this section the most moving. Especially the part that talks about the Merchant Seamen. It's an interesting read LF http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ploughman
03-03-2008, 02:19 PM
As an introductory piece to the British Isles they might've chosen somewhere easier to pronounce for a GI new to these shores than Ipswhich. I can just see the lads on the troop ship looking at that and taking bets on how it's said.

Thanks LF, great stuff you're posting.

thefruitbat
03-03-2008, 02:24 PM
great stuff, interesting read, looking forward to the next extract http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

fruitbat

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-03-2008, 02:31 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I've lost count of the number of Americans I've said "Actually it's pronounced 'Lester' -." to.

Depending on how you work it out, the Merchant Navy was the most dangerous service to serve in, I remember from my archivist days.

Now here's a strange one...I'm on page 26 and guess what? Yep - pages 27/28 have been torn out - so neatly I've never noticed it. Seems to be a conversion chart for the old Pounds Shillings and Pence, just the sort of thing a confused G.I. would tear out before a bit of British retail therapy or even a trip to the pub.

I've gone all whimsical and wonder where that page ended up. I'd like to think there's an old American gentleman somewhere showing his grandchildren a list about Limey 'funny money' he had to understand to buy grandma's presents with, and wishing he still had the book he tore it out of. I hope he made it home.

Anyhow, it's not going to detract much at all from the rest of the book so stay tuned...

jadger
03-03-2008, 10:31 PM
The British have phrases and colloquialisms of their own that may sound funny to you. You can make just as many boners in their eyes.

haha, best line ever!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif but wouldn't that hurt the eyes? I wonder how many glass eyes were needed during the build up to DDay.

I personally find watching EPL and European soccer opens me up to alot of British sayings, such as Derby being pronounced "Darby" or as the previous poster said, Leicester "lester",

Irish_Rogues
03-04-2008, 06:11 AM
there's an old American gentleman somewhere showing his grandchildren a list about Limey 'funny money' he had to understand to buy grandma's presents with

My how things never change it seems as you could be talking about my father. In 2006 we took a trip to Ireland and my parents, having never traveled abroad, decided to take advantage of the opprutunity. Well, on more then one occasion we had to chide my father about his "funny money" talk in public, and this was over Euro's. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

I can only imagine how his head probably would've exploded the following year when our Ireland trip took us to the north with it's UK currency. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

horseback
03-04-2008, 07:39 AM
Actually, having lived for almost two years in Ipswich (1961-1962), I can testify that we never had much trouble with its pronunciation, although 'Tottenham' gave my little sister fits for a while. She did finally recover nicely, and when we left Britain in 1964, she had a lovely English accent that she can still produce at will, much to the delight of her Portuguese in-laws (and the consternation of an RAF officer I invited up for our family Christmas celebrations last year-he correctly identified it as from Suffolk, where she went through the British school system).

As for the 'funny money' gap, since I had a paper route at RAF Shepherd's Grove (near Stanton) for the better part of a year, I can give a quick explanation of the conversion rate circa 1963/4: essentially, the basic exchange was 14 US cents to the shilling (12 pence). There were 20 shillings to a pound, and 21 shillings to a guinea, which came out fairly closely to $3.00 US.

English coins came in farthings (1/4 pence), ha'pennies (pronounced "hayt'knees",1/2 pence), pennies (some of which still in circulation dated back to the 1840s), thruppence (3 pence, a beautiful little little eight sided coin often sent back home for nieces and nephews), sixpence (equivalent to the American dime in utility; used as the primary unit in early vending machines, and almost exactly the same size & weight as a US penny, although made of silver, which was why US pennies were not made available to US military personnel in Britain--everything at the PX was priced to the lowest nickel), the shilling, or a 'bob' (again, 12 pence), and then the half crown, worth 'two and six' or two shillings and sixpence. There was no 'whole crown', much to my disappointment.

Then we got into paper money, with the ten shilling or ten bob note, the pound note, 5 pound note and so on. British notes were a bit larger than the American currency, as I recall, and most Yanks complained that they didn't fit our wallets very well. Local merchants were quite happy to relieve them of that particular burden.

Speaking for myself, I loved English money, coins and currency both, because they were so much more artistic and varied than its US counterpart; I can't express how saddened I was to hear that you lot went decimal on us.

cheers

horseback

fumps
03-04-2008, 07:41 AM
I have just read all this thread & found it fascinating.

I just rang my gran & amazingley she knows about this book. So am going to print it out & let her see it.

LF thanks mate for doing this & taking the time to type this out. Not only does this remind me of my grand pairents. (They still have this way of acting that is actually well described in this booklet)
Especially the part that refers to brits as polite but tough. Up in the north we have a saying "Dont confuse manners for softness" this is a bad mistake lol.

I think the worst confusion with english people when we see us being portrayed as erm....well Hugh Grant. That does annoy us.

By the way the Term CHAV is Council Housed And Violent.
Refering to the people who live in rough areas who cause trouble & are well known for being dressed in a certain way (Mainly copying US hip hop culture....badly)

jadger
03-04-2008, 08:47 PM
my favourite place name: Hartlepool

it's weird how we speak the same language but so much is pronounced differently.

BTOG46
03-04-2008, 09:35 PM
Originally posted by jadger:
my favourite place name: Hartlepool

it's weird how we speak the same language but so much is pronounced differently.

I'd like to see even a Brit from outside my part of the UK try and pronounce the place name "Ulgham" correctly, it would be unfair to even dream of asking Americans to try.
It's actually pronounced Uffam, we have some crazy old place names in Britain. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-05-2008, 04:20 AM
There are two villages near me called Poxwell and Sh1tterton. One's pronounced 'pokes-well', but the Sh1ttertonians are fiercely proud of their name and have resisted all attempts at a name change or phonetic tinkering. Actually there a few settlements along the River Piddle too - like Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide - all of course, in the Piddle Valley. Check out a map of Dorset if you think I'm kidding.

Great write-up on the old style currency, horseback, covers the missing page very well. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Glad you're all as taken with the little booklet as I was - will type up another installment today.

Edit: God bless the Ubi censor.

Fumps1
03-05-2008, 04:48 AM
THere is a town near scarbrough called "Land of Nodd"
I love that

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-05-2008, 09:57 AM
A little more:-

ENGLISH VERSUS AMERICAN LANGUAGE

ALMOST before you meet the people you will hear them speaking "English." At first you may not understand what they are talking about and they may not understand what you say. The accent will be different from what you are used to, and many of the words will be strange, or apparently wrongly used. But you will get used to it. Remember that back in Washington stenographers from the South are having a hard time to understand dictation given by business executives from New England and the other way around.

In England the "upper crust" speak pretty much alike. You will hear the news broadcaster for the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). He is a good example, because he has been trained to talk with the "cultured" accent. He will drop the letter "r" (as people do in some sections of our own country) and will say "hyah" instead of "here." He will use the broad ˜a' pronouncing all the a's in "banana" like the ˜a' in "father". However funny you may think this is, you will be able to understand people who talk this way and they will be able to understand you. And you will soon get over thinking it is funny.

You will have more difficulty with some of the local dialects. It may comfort you to know that a farmer or villager from Cornwall very often can't understand a farmer or villager in Yorkshire or Lancashire. But you will – and they will learn – to understand you.

Some Hints on British Words. British slang is something you will have to pick up for yourself. But even apart from slang there are many words which have different meanings from the way we use them and many common objects have different names. For instance, instead of railroads, automobiles and radios, the British will talk about railways, motorcars, and wireless sets. A railroad tie is a sleeper. A freight car is a goods wagon. A man who works on the roadbed is a navvy. A streetcar is a tram. Automobile lingo is just as different. A light truck is a lorry. The top of the car is the hood. What we call the hood (of the engine) is a bonnet. The fenders are wings. A wrench is a spanner. Gas is petrol – if there is any.

Your first furlough may find you in some small difficulties because of language difficulties. You will have to ask for sock suspenders to get garters and for braces instead of suspenders – if you need any. If you are standing in line to book (buy) a railroad ticket or a seat at the movies (cinema) you will be queuing (pronounced "cueing") up before the booking office. If you want a beer quickly, you had better ask for the nearest pub. You will get your drugs at a chemist's and your tobacco at a tobacconist, hardware at an ironmonger's. If you are asked to visit somebody's apartment, he or she will call it a flat.

A unit of money, not shown on the following page, which you will sometimes see advertised in the better stores is the guinea (pronounced "ginny" with the "g" hard as in "go"). It is worth 21 shillings, or one pound (and one shilling - LF)

Missing page – thanks again to horseback for covering Pounds, Shillings and Pence.

Don't make fun of British speech or accents. You sound just as funny to them but they will be too polite to show it.

Avoid comments on the British Government or politics. Don't try to tell the British that America won the last war or make wisecracks about war debts or about British defeats in this war.

NEVER criticize the King or Queen.

Don't criticize the food, beer, or cigarettes to the British. Remember they have been at war since 1939.

Use common sense on all occasions. By your conduct you have great power to bring about a better understanding between the two countries after the war is over.

You will soon find yourself among a kindly, quiet, hard-working people who have been living under a strain such as few people in the world have ever known. In your dealings with them, let this be your slogan:

It is impolite to criticize your hosts;
It is militarily stupid to criticize your allies.

More to follow

We're nearing the end now, chaps. Just a couple more sections to go.

Coming next – a very concise American to English dictionary.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-05-2008, 12:21 PM
Here we go - now some of these seem a tad strange to me, but I can assure you I've just copied the thing out as printed.

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

aisle (theater) – gangway
alcohol lamp – spirit lamp
ale – beer, or bitter
apartment – flat
apartment house – block of flats
ash can – dust bin
ashman – dustman
atomiser – scent spray
automobile – motor car or car
baby carriage – perambulator, or pram
baggage – luggage
baggage car – luggage van
bakery – baker's shop
bathrobe – dressing gown
bartender – barman, or pot man
bathtub – bath
battery (automobile) – accumulator
beach – seaside
beer – lager
bill (money) – banknote, or note
billboard – hoarding
biscuit – scone, or tea cake
bouncer – chucker out
bowling alley – skittle alley
broiled (meat) – grilled
business suit – lounge suit
call up – ring up
candy (hard) – boiled sweets
candy store – sweet shop
cane – stick
can opener – tin opener, or key
carom (billiards) – cannon
chain store – multiple shop
check baggage – register luggage
checkers (game) – draughts
chicken yard – fowl run
cigarette butt – cigarette end
closed season (for game) – close season
conductor – guard
closet – cupboard
coal oil – paraffin
collar button – collar stud
cookie – biscuit
cop – bobby
corn – maize, or Indian corn
cornmeal -l Indian meal
cotton (absorbent) – cotton wool
cracker – biscuit (unsweetened)
daylight saving time – summer time
deck (of cards) – pack
derby (hat) – bowler, or hard hat
dessert – sweet
dishpan – washing-up bowl
drawers (men's) – pants
druggist – chemist
drugstore – chemist's shop
drygoods store – draper's shop
elevator – lift
fender (automobile) – wing, or mudguard
fish dealer – fishmonger
five-and-ten (store) – bazzar
floorwalker – shopwalker
frame house – wooden house
fruit seller – fruitierer
fruit store – fruterier's
fresh fruit – dessert (at the end of a meal)
french fried potatoes – chips
freight car – goods wagon
garters (men's) – sock suspenders
gasoline or gas – petrol
gear shift (automobile) – gear lever
generator (automobile) – dynamo
ground wire (radio) – earth wire
guy – bloke, fellow
haberdashery – men's wear
hardware – ironmongery
headliner (vaudeville) – topliner
highball – whiskey and soda
hood (automobile) – bonnet
huckster – coster or hawker
hunting – shooting
ill, sick – ill, queer
instalment plan – hire-purchase system, or hire system
intermission – interval
janitor – caretaker, or porter
junk – rubbish

More to follow

Next up, ˜L' to ˜W'.

Friendly_flyer
03-05-2008, 01:00 PM
This booklet is gold, LF!

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-05-2008, 02:11 PM
I thought I'd lost it with lots other wartime stuff, FF, but found it recently while looking for something else - as usual. Just had to share it.

Now this glossary gets stranger to me - yet again, I've copied as accurately as I can - even the bit where it loses alphabetical order.
Here we go :-

lawyer – solicitor
legal holiday – bank holiday
line up – queue up
living room – sitting room
lobby (theater) – foyer, or entrance hall
long distance (telephone) – trunks
low gear (automobile) – first speed
mail a letter – post a letter
mail box – pillar box
marriage certificate – marriage lines
molasses – black treacle
monkey wrench – screw spanner
movie house – cinema
movies – flicks
mucilage – gum
muffler (automobile) – silencer
necktie – tie
newsstand – kiosk
oatmeal (boiled) – porridge
oil pan (automobile) – sump
okay – righto
orchestra seats – stalls
package – parcel
pebbly beach – shingle
phonograph – gramophone
pie (fruit) – tart
pitcher – jug
poolroom – billiards saloon
potato chips – crisps
private hospital – nursing home
push cart - barrow
race track – race course
radio – wireless
railway car – railway carriage
raincoat – mackintosh, or mac, or waterproof
roadster (automobile) – two-seater
roast (of meat) – joint
roller coaster – switchback railway
rolling grasslands – downs
round trip – return trip
roomer – lodger
rooster – c0ck, or cockerel
rubbers – galoshes
rumble seat – dickey
run (in a stocking) – ladder
saloon – public house or pub
scallion – spring onion
scrambled eggs – buttered eggs
second floor – first floor
sedan (automobile) – saloon car
sewerage (house) – drains
shoestring – shoelace, or bootlace
shot (athletics) – weights
shoulder (of road) – verge
rubberneck wagon – char-a-banc
silverware – plate
slacks – bags
sled – sledge
smoked herring – kipper
soda biscuit (or cracker) – cream-cracker
soft drinks – minerals
spark plug – sparking plug
spigot (or faucet) – tap
squash – vegetable marrow
stairway – staircase, or stairs
string bean – French bean
store – shop
subway – underground
sugar bowl – sugar basin
suspenders (men's) – braces
sweater – pull-over
syrup – treacle
taffy – toffee
taxi stand – cab rank
telegram – wire
tenderloin (of beef) – under-cut, or fillet
ten pins – nine pins
thumb tack – drawing pin
ticket office – booking office
toilet – lavatory, closet
top (automobile) – hood
transom (of door) – fanlight
trolley – tram
truck – lorry
undershirt – vest, or singlet
union-suit – combinations
vaudeville – variety
vaudeville theatre – music hall
vest – waistcoat
vomit – be sick
washbowl – washbasin
washrag – face cloth
washstand – wash-hand stand
water heater – geyser
window shade – blind
"you're connected" – "you're through" (telephone)
Windshield (automobile) – windscreen

More to follow

Next up, the final instalment - advice on dealing with Americans for the British. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Edit: God bless the Ubi censor. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Irish_Rogues
03-05-2008, 02:31 PM
Edit: God bless the Ubi censor.

C'mon everything in context. I bet I know at least one censor, good stuff LF. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-06-2008, 06:03 AM
Last part:-

THE BRITISH THINK SO TOO

THE IDEA of getting together with the British in solid friendship isn't a one-sided proposition. They, as well as we, believe in the necessity of being Allies in the true meaning of the word if we are to dish it out in full measure to Hitler.

As a matter of fact, the British started the idea of providing soldiers with guide books to help them understand their Allies. The first R.A.F. cadets to come to the United States were given a little book called "Notes for Your Guidance" which told them how to get along with Americans.

Then too, the British Army Bureau of Current Affairs issued a bulletin, "Meet the Americans," to men in the army. For your information on how the British think about this subject, a part of that Bulletin is reproduced on the next page.


UNITY UNDER THE SKIN

THERE WILL be no lack of discussion among your men when you tackle the theme of this bulletin, for all of us are only too ready to air our views about "foreigners". And the less we know about them the readier we are to pronounce judgement. It isn't a particularly British characteristic, either, for all nations (whether they live on an island or not) are inclined to an insular outlook. The think of themselves as "the tops" and they rather look down on all other nationalities.

This disparagement of the "foreigner" begins much nearer home than that. The Yorkshire lad says rude things about the Cockney; the Midlander makes fun of the Welshman. There's a lot to be said for this robust and defiant local pride, for it keeps alive a healthy sense of rivalry. Yet after many centuries of experience we've learned to keep that rivalry in its place. We take it out for an airing to Wembley, or Old Trafford; we make it the peg for good knock-about arguments in the four-ale bar. But when it comes to serious business, we forget all these differences of local merit and custom and accent. And because we have unity under the skin, we men of all the shires march together, endure together, and win together.

It is in exactly the same spirit that we shall learn to march with the Americans. The local differences between us and them are stronger because they are, so far, less familiar, but we shall discover exactly what they count for in good time. The Americans and the British will find plenty to make fun of in each other, plenty to feel superior about. That doesn't matter so long as we also find how much there is to respect in other.

At the moment the soldiers of the two nations are in the position of two people who have just been introduced. Neither of them, thank heaven, is the emotional sort which falls on each other's neck. They like the look of the other fellow, but they don't intend to commit themselves yet. They're on the defensive, they're sizing each other up. Besides that, they've heard vague rumours about each other, and they've seen photographs which weren't too flattering. They want to see how the other fellow shapes, what he's like at work and play, before they let the friendship ripen. That is exactly the situation between the American and the British soldiers today – and that's good enough for a beginning. There's a bit of prejudice on both sides, a colossal ignorance of each other's attitudes and characteristics – but there's also a willingness to get together.

Where do we go from there?

We need to exercise three qualities if Anglo-American friendship is to develop under the exacting conditions of war. They are Good Will, Respect, and Patience.

Good Will: We must be willing to like each other – willing , because the common cause demands it. Goebbels and his gang will do all they can to produce ill will between us. Our answer to that game is persistent, determined good will: the resolution to believe the best about people we don't yet know. It should a matter of personal mental discipline to adopt this attitude.

Respect: Towards nations as towards individuals we must show respect for positive achievement. We may dislike a man's face or the cut of his clothes or his fashion in food – yet acknowledge him as a fine engineer or architect or musician. Respect for American achievement is one of the ways by which we shall discover the Americans. Look, for example, what they've done to refrigerators and combustion engines and acknowledge them as the world's inventive wizards.

Patience: If you want someone's friendship, don't snatch it, wait for it. Peoples as foreign to each other as the Americans and ourselves have a lot to learn before we reach understanding. The first necessity is to be informed about each other, to replace the film version and the story book version by the real facts. We shall get the real facts one way and one way only – by seeking them in a spirit of genuine interest.

Not even the most intensely nationalistic man or woman can resist that spirit. Ask a "foreigner" about his home town, what he likes to eat, where he works, what he does on Sunday, where he goes for his holidays, how his home is furnished, and so on – and you'll invariably achieve two things. You'll discover a lot about the land he comes from, and you'll make him feel you have a genuine interest in him. There and there only, without blah or baloney, is the plain man's way to Anglo-American understanding.

The signal is "Get Acquainted." Never mind the vows and the flags and the keepsakes, for no alliance, whether national or matrimonial, ever survives on sentiment alone. We've got to understand and respect each other for two reasons. First, because we want to be real comrades in arms, not phoney ones of the Axis variety. Second and even more important, we don't want a mere wartime friendship. We want the real thing – the alliance which survives the peace and becomes a permanent force in the shaping of the new world.

From British Army Bureau of Current Affairs Bulletin, No. 22, July 1942. "Meet the Americans."

(The last page of the booklet is a recognition chart of British Officer's epaulettes.)



That's it. Hope you enjoyed a little look into the not too distant past.

Fumps1
03-07-2008, 08:26 AM
Thanks for doing this mate.
I know my gran will be very happy to read through this.

I know this will make her day http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

foxyboy1964
03-07-2008, 09:00 AM
Thanks Low Flyer, an interesting read from start to finish and still quite relevant in today's world.

TheGozr
03-07-2008, 01:48 PM
Interesting all the British i meet here in the states and I can say a big mass just make fun and ridiculized the US americans and here in this forum you guys want to feel so friendly harg! Common so Bollox. .
They really have a common language and some food.. that about it..
Seriously guys where are you leaving in a book world?
I found american very nice peoples and sometime taken advantaged of and seeing such hypocrisy it's nuts..

After spending 18 years in the states I can talk about good differences..

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-07-2008, 03:05 PM
C'est un petit livre American. J'avais just typed le bloody thing up as un articel historique n'avec pas les motives altereur. Ouvrer le chapau. C'est intende pour les amusements toute le Monde. Mangetout. Je suis tres glad plus les readers avez enjoyment. Merci pour les encouragements. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

TheGozr
03-07-2008, 03:07 PM
I just place my salt.. don't worry it's funny ..

MB_Avro_UK
03-07-2008, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by TheGozr:
Interesting all the British i meet here in the states and I can say a big mass just make fun and ridiculized the US americans and here in this forum you guys want to feel so friendly harg! Common so Bollox. .
They really have a common language and some food.. that about it..
Seriously guys where are you leaving in a book world?
I found american very nice peoples and sometime taken advantaged of and seeing such hypocrisy it's nuts..

After spending 18 years in the states I can talk about good differences..


Your comments do not match the experiences of US and British guys here. Maybe from seeing your posts you want to make trouble between the US and Britain?

Are you a Frenchman who does not live in France and has lost a sense of reality?

Bonne Nuit mon Brave,
MB_Avro.

TheGozr
03-07-2008, 05:54 PM
Just been a French man some time with a group of English men talking of American men.. ain't pretty.. until A French man.. me tell them to Shut up... and they do.. if not they know their pink skin are fragile..
This is the fun when Scottish, Irish and French have in common .. they do have the same enemy.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ploughman
03-07-2008, 05:56 PM
Silence, twerp, or it's St Helena por vous.

TheGozr
03-07-2008, 06:01 PM
LOl.. Common http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Now an other thing but true as well..
Why English men hate the French.. well guess.. they hate when we get the very nice English ladies.. end actually are not very please with their own contry men ...

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ploughman
03-07-2008, 06:05 PM
Yeah, yeah, too much vin tonight mon ami? Hate the French? Why would I? My brother's married to a very fine lady from France, guess the bed trade goes both ways. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

TheGozr
03-07-2008, 06:10 PM
LOL... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif We love them too ..
English ladies have such great humor and i think it's unrivaled Very sharp.. very fun to be in a conversation with an English person in RL... They look less pumped up.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

ploughman
03-07-2008, 06:21 PM
Nope. Lost me there. Pumped up?

Low_Flyer_MkIX
03-07-2008, 06:46 PM
I think he means we're 'hard men' as long as we're separated by several thousand miles of internet cable.

I think our humour doesn't translate too well either way with no tone or facial expression to help.

Let's move on.