Tread carefully!

All the men who served at Station 174 Sudbury would have received this little booklet which attempted to prepare them for the English way of life.

“The British dislike bragging and showing off. American wages and American soldier’s pay are the highest in the world. When pay day come 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……

Don’t be misled 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……

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 that the British soldiers and civilians have been living under a tremendous strain. It is always impolite to criticize your hosts. It is militarily stupid to insult your allies. So stop and think before you sound off about lukewarm beer, or cold boiled potatoes, or the way English cigarettes taste…..

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 family’s rations for a whole week spread out to show their hospitality.”

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