World War II Soldier's Pocket Guides to Exotic Locations

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

~ Ibn Battuta

How must it have felt to be a newly enlisted, young man back then? Becoming a soldier when everything you knew was home, heading towards war when you only lived peace, marching on the road to a foreign land when you have never left your state?

This collection of pocket guides was written in the very early 1940s for the U.S. Army. They are sharp, short and generous in their informations; providing both political and cultural background, along with brief courting advices, useful phrases and consequential warnings regarding social taboos and rules of etiquette.








West Africa




New Zealand

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

~ Gustav Flaubert


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