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Book Report: The Officier’s Guide

November 27, 2011

There is no shortage of material that was published during WWII for the military department, most of which is still floating around today.  I recently received a copy of an officer’s guide to life in the army.  Published in 1943 by the Military Services Publishing Company, the Officer’s Guide was the comprehensive body of knowledge for Officers entering the Army, preparing them for everything they may experience both stateside and abroad.  The opening page sums it up, “A Ready Reference on Customs and Correct Procedures Which Pertain to Commissioned Officers of the Army of the United States.”  Inside, the 25 chapters contain 493 pages of intel on everything from appropriate uniform and equipment, to provision in anticipation of death.  Fortunately this copy is great shape and actually has some hand written notes from its original owner, describing the members of his company by title, weapon and rank.

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