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Catalog Number 2013.33.3
Object Name Book, Instruction
Scope & Content Instruction Book and Guide to the United States Riviera Recreational Area, Nice, 1945
Copy courtesy of Patricia Morin

Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers remained in France after the defeat of Nazi Germany, and the U.S. army was keen to keep their morale high while they arranged to have the soldiers brought home. Military personnel were encouraged to go sight-seeing and treat their extended stay as a vacation. For many, it was the first time they had been abroad - and for Franco-Americans, this was often their first experience of their ancestral homeland. Those who spoke French found themselves to be invaluable, not only to the U.S. army but to their fellow soldiers.

Guides like these were produced to give American military personnel what we might today call "sensitivity training." They included not just the logistics of living in France - how to mail letters, exchange money into French Francs - but also cultural differences to be aware of. There were also restrictions placed on the G.I's, which included warnings:

"The war for US Forces is only half-finished, and there should be no let down in Security…remember you still have a big job ahead. Don't talk about the future. don't talk about troop movements, and don't let down your security in general."

And some legal guidelines laid down by military police: "All houses of prostitution are off-limits."

The United States Riviera Recreational Area in Nice was established in the summer of 1945 and had accommodations for 18,000 enlisted personnel. Officers were quartered nearby in Cannes.

This copy belonged to Omer Morin of Lewiston, who served in the U.S. Army as an engineer in the ordinance diviision.
Title Instruction Book and Guide to the United States Riviera Recreational Area, Nice, 1945
Date 1945
People Morin, Omer
Search Terms France
Nice, France
Lewiston, Me.
Subjects World War II
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