Instructions for British Servicemen in Germany (1944)

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Reproduction of original cultural guide for British servicemen in Germany in 1944.
“Instructions of British Servicemen in Germany” is a genuine reproduction of what was an indispensable wartime guide.

Nine-and-a-half months after D-Day, 30,000 British troops crossed the Rhine as part of the Allied assault on Germany. Two years earlier, work had already started on a guide to assist them in negotiating everyday life in what then was still enemy territory.

This extraordinary document was intended to educate soldiers on a range of topics, including German history, the national character, politics, culture, food and drink, currency, and to explain the current situation, including the effect of war on Germany and the German attitudes to the British. It was also intended to condition them to resist the effect of German propaganda by means of a healthy dose of British propaganda. The result is a remarkable booklet, often unintentionally humorous and sometimes crudely stereotypical, it reads by turns like a travel guide (advising on the excellence of German sausages and beer - 'one of the pleasantest in Europe') and a crash course in psychological warfare.

It is very much a document of the period, revealing as much about British wartime attitudes towards Germany as it does about British hopes and fears.
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Weight 0.120000
Author FOREIGN OFFICE
Availability IP
Department Stationery
Format Hardback Mini
ISBN 9781851243518
Pages 80
Published 01/09/2007
Publisher Bodleian Library
Section Gift Books
Series Instructions for Servicemen (Historical Reproductions)
Size Unfolded 11x16cm
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