A Short Guide to Great Britain (12)

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for the yuan to quiver slightly, the pound and dollar to hum gently together in a quiet corner, and the euro to keep its head down immersed in a good book.

Shall we have a bit of history today dear reader?
Here’s a fascinating little book from the days of World War II that I picked up in a junk shop. As you see it is A Short Guide to Great Britain from the War and Navy Departments, Washington DC. It was supplied to all the service people who came over here in 1942 to help us sort out horrible Adolph and his ghastly crew… The book’s purpose was to give the newly arrived GI an understanding of British culture and also to try to reduce any possible fiction that may be generated between the two great allies.

DSCN3749Let’s have a look at page 23 – 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 that 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 motorcycles have been blasted from under them. They have pulled aviators from burning planes. They have died at their 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 understand why British soldiers respect the 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.


About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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