GI SHOP TALK – MINES, FORK LIFTS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

From YANK Magazine

“Bouncing Betty,” the German S-mine that bounces into the air before it explodes, is rated by American troops in Italy as “Public Enemy No. 1.” Second most dangerous GI foe in Italy is short-range tank fire…



GI digs up S mine

A German S-Mine after being dug up by a GI

Japanese morale in the New Georgia campaign was high, according to Army observers. Fewer hari-kiri cases were noted, but a ”willingness to fight to the end” was found…

Tens of thousands of fork-lift trucks, husky little unloading machines that can be operated by one man, are being supplied to overseas areas where they are used to unload ships, change airplane engines and do other tasks usually requiring large groups of men working with blocks and tackles…

Special Services are distributing thousands of small rudimentary musical instruments and teaching troops to play them in as a little as 10 minutes. Such instruments as the harmonica, ukulele, ocarina and tonette are particularly popular in isolated North Atlantic outposts…QMC laboratories have discovered that 62 parts of strained sea water can be used instead of the usual 60 parts of fresh water and two parts of salt for baking GI bread when either salt or fresh water are not available.



For More Reading on the Fighting in the Solomons See:

Battle for the Solomons: Report from the Front Lines


For Related Articles See:

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ACHTUNG MINEN! – REMOVING GERMAN LAND MINES FROM THE BATTLEFIELD

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