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I'm not ashamed to say that this recording had me close to tears more than once! I grew up in the Britain of the 1950s & 60's, just a few years after this document was issued, and have lived in the US for the past 35 years. It brought back memories of a nation so familiar to me, and now so changed! The stories my parents told - my mother a munitions worker, my Dad a "Tommy" in the Royal Artillery - echo throughout this document. Yes, it's quaint and funny, and frankly propagandist, but it really struck a chord. Thank you, Audible, for making this available!
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This is a wonderful and unexpectedly, unintentionally hilarious short course in WWII U.S. Defense Department propaganda. What a fascinating peek into history! The listener easily imagines the hapless enlisted young man, still green behind the ears, having this booklet shoved into his hands as he steps onto the ship that will transport him to the Europe he has only seen in movies--a Europe now at war--a Europe from which he may not return--and reading about how the British "don't handle the ball as cleanly as we do, but they are nimble on their feet" and how one must "never, ever make fun of the king or queen." The chapter on language, idioms and pronunciation differences alone is priceless.
Audible, thank you so much for offering this terrific free gift to listeners!
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