Pocket Guide to West Africa, 1943

In West Africa you will be playing an important role in the world-wide strategy to smash Hitler and the Axis. On Africa’s West Coast you will be guarding vital supply lines to North Africa, Egypt, India, Russia, and even China. From this region must come much needed strategic materials for our own war machine and for all of the United Nations. The Nazis had been waiting for the chance to execute their elaborate plans for the exploitation of Africa’s vast resources and labor supply. Your presence in West Africa means that these plans have been put on ice. Thus you are striking a hard blow at Hitler, and at Hirohito, too.

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Stalin’s half-man, half-ape super-warriors

Super-troopers: Stalin wanted Planet of the Apes-like troops, insensitive to pain and hardship.


The Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes, according to recently uncovered secret documents.

Moscow archives show that in the mid-1920s Russia’s top animal breeding scientist, Ilya Ivanov, was ordered to turn his skills from horse and animal work to the quest for a super-warrior.

According to Moscow newspapers, Stalin told the scientist: “I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat.”
In 1926 the Politburo in Moscow passed the request to the Academy of Science with the order to build a “living war machine”. The order came at a time when the Soviet Union was embarked on a crusade to turn the world upside down, with social engineering seen as a partner to industrialisation: new cities, architecture, and a new egalitarian society were being created.

The Soviet authorities were struggling to rebuild the Red Army after bruising wars.

And there was intense pressure to find a new labour force, particularly one that would not complain, with Russia about to embark on its first Five-Year Plan for fast-track industrialisation.

Mr Ivanov was highly regarded. He had established his reputation under the Tsar when in 1901 he established the world’s first centre for the artificial insemination of racehorses.

Mr Ivanov’s ideas were music to the ears of Soviet planners and in 1926 he was dispatched to West Africa with $200,000 to conduct his first experiment in impregnating chimpanzees.

Meanwhile, a centre for the experiments was set up in Georgia – Stalin’s birthplace – for the apes to be raised.

Mr Ivanov’s experiments, unsurprisingly from what we now know, were a total failure. He returned to the Soviet Union, only to see experiments in Georgia to use monkey sperm in human volunteers similarly fail.

A final attempt to persuade a Cuban heiress to lend some of her monkeys for further experiments reached American ears, with the New York Times reporting on the story, and she dropped the idea amid the uproar.

Mr Ivanov was now in disgrace. His were not the only experiments going wrong: the plan to collectivise farms ended in the 1932 famine in which at least four million died.

For his expensive failure, he was sentenced to five years’ jail, which was later commuted to five years’ exile in the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan in 1931. A year later he died, reportedly after falling sick while standing on a freezing railway platform.


Services Guide to Cairo


This Guide is published by the Co-Ordinating Council for the Welfare of the Troops in Egypt with a view to providing useful information for Officers and men of His Britannic Majesty’s Forces staying in and coming on leave to Cairo, including particulars of Services Clubs, Restaurants and places of entertainment.

The Council wish to express their indebtedness to A. Lucas Esq., for his historical note on Cairo, to the support of the various advertisers, and to those members of the Forces and of the Civilian Community who have assisted in the production of this guide-book.

The General Officer Commanding -in -Chief would like to take this opportunity of expressing his appreciation and thanks to the various Philanthropic organisations and to their representatives in Egypt who have so ably and generously assisted in the work of welfare, to the British Chamber of Commerce for their invaluable assistance in the collection of the British War Fund and also to the numerous members of the Civilian Community who have subscribed to the Fund and have devoted so much tome and energy to the well-being of the troops stationed in this country.


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Pocket Guide to Egypt, 1943

“You’re bound for Egypt for just one job: To beat the enemy and help bring conclusive victory for the Allied Nations. To do that, you’ve got to use your brains as well as your body. As an American soldier, you’ll also become a sort of Ambassador for your country. Wherever you go, people are going to judge the United States by you… We’ve got a fairly good reputation in the world at large right now. Don’t spoil it. Make it better… Egypt hasn’t declared war on the Axis: but she is friendly to the United Nations. Dr. Goebbels and every one of his aides is working to switch that friendship. The enemy wants you to make mistakes, and so he is working day and night, with his propaganda. He wants you not to get along with your partners – the soldiers of our Allies who are in Egypt. But most of all, he wants you to make mistakes with the Egyptians. He hopes that, perhaps unwittingly, your manners will offend them, that you’ll trample clumsily on their customs, that you’ll insult their religion, and that you’ll make mistakes about their social attitudes and political beliefs… In order to conduct yourself well in the eyes of the Egyptians, you need to know a little about Egypt, of course. Well, what does an average American know about it? Sure, it has pyramids — and palm trees — and people ride on camels. We’ve all seen travel movies. And the children of Israel fled from Pharaoh across the Red Sea to the Promised Land. We know that much from our Bibles. But that’s hardly enough to equip you as a one-man good-will mission. Thousands of books have been written about Egypt, but no one of them can tell you all about the country. It’s too big and too different from anything Americans know about. So, a different sort of guidebook has been prepared for your information, giving in brief ABC form, a few of the things that may interest you and some of the things you need to know. If you exercise a normal amount of curiosity, you’ll soon find out more about the land of Egypt than is possible to put in any guidebook”

Prepared by Army Information Branch, Army Service Forces, United States Army, 1943

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Pocket Guide to Germany, 1944

“Whether you fight your way in, or march in to occupy Germany under armistice terms, you will be doing a soldier’s job on the soil of the enemy.

The occupation of Germany will give you your chance to build up a personal guarantee that as soon as you turn your back to go home, the German will not pick up his shooting irons and start throwing lead and lies at an unsuspecting world once more. One of the greatest challenges of the Peace to come is to make certain that the German people will take their place as law-abiding, useful citizens in the family of nations.”

Prepared by Army Information Branch, Army Service Forces, United States Army, 1944

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