Saturday, May 28, 2005

HOWTO Occupy Tunisia

Back in late 1942, the British Army's Bureau of Current Affairs prepared a guide for the soldiers who were about to move into Tunisia as the 1st Army landed in Operation TORCH and the 8th Army completed its march from Alamein. Thanks to the lads from ARRSE, we have some pages from it...

You may insert your own comments with regard to Iraq in the comments, naturally. Not only do these pages reflect an impressive commitment to the avoidance of offence, some also show a degree of self-knowledge regarding the troops, and a healthy disrespect for (someone else's) imperialism.


kathyf said...

Interesting! Have you seen a similar document of instructions for American GIs in Britain during WWII? I found it at Blackwells.


"Don't be a showoff."

"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."

And my favorite: "There are housewives in aprons and youngsters in knee pants who have lived through more high explosives in air raids than many soldiers saw in first class barrages in the last war."

secretdubai said...

These are really fascinating. And nearly all hold true today (at least here in the Gulf).

Alex said...

Will the person who's linked this on get in touch? Although it shows up in the referrer log it's impossible for me to find out what you said about it.

Anonymous said...

The Nazi Afrika Korps had a very similar document:


1) Always remember that Islam is a religion of high standing, whose view of God is as highly developed as Christendom's

2) Because of that, treat Muslims with the same respect and tolerance which which Christian of different denominations should [!] treat each other..."

And a lot of other good, resonable advice.

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