The Art of War: Collecting Government Illustrated Booklets and Publications


Today’s post will be a little different than most of my typical photographically-centered material. Various government offices and departments printed these for a multitude of reasons.  Some were printed by the Red Cross, others were aimed at health and hygiene, some were distributed by the Stars and Stripes to help wounded soldiers feel a bond with their Division or branch of the Army, while others were directed towards tourism and cultural sensitivity.  All the scans in today’s post are from my collection and have been picked up over the years for a few dollars each.  Some are very common, while others are scarce.  The most popular amongst collectors are the divisional histories printed and put out by the Stars and Stripes.  Some can fetch upwards of $100 US.

Many of the artists and writers for these publications are unknown and lost to history.  In a few cases I’ve been able to track down the names of the original illustrators.  Here are a few that I’ve researched for this website:

 

And here are some illustrated booklets which were printed in order to direct US service members stationed or visiting foreign countries:

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A Pocket Guide to Luxembourg “Do you know Luxembourg?”

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Pocket Guide to the Dutch East Indies

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Welcome to Australia

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How to See Paris “For the Soldiers of the Allied Armies”

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Pocket Guide to the Cities of the Netherlands

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Pocket Guide to Paris and Cities of Northern France

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Pocket Guide to Egypt

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Pocket Guide to France

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A Short Guide to Iraq

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Pocket Guide to Australia

 

And here’s an obscure language guide specifically printed for US soldiers, marines and airmen in Iceland.

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TM 30-313 Language Guide to Icelandic

 

This one was given out by Coca-Cola as a notebook and calendar:

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WWII Coca-Cola Notebook

 

These two booklets were aimed at keeping sailors from catching venereal diseases while away on shore leave:

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Shore Convoy for Merchant Seamen

 

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Hull Down – Guide to Venereal Diseases in Japan

 

This rare booklet was a pro-socialist publication”

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Victory Through Unionism

 

Here are some example of divisional histories put out at the end of the war:

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Terrify and Destroy – Story of the 10th Armored Division

 

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The 45th Division

 

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“Right to be Proud” – 65th Division Unit History

 

And these were focused on specific service branches:

 

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American Red Cross Nurses

 

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The Special Service Division

 

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Coastal Artillery Corps – “We Keep ’em Falling!”

 

Combat Engineers

Combat Engineers

 

And some are tough to categorize:

Field Fortifications Guide

Field Fortifications Guide

 

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Australian Booklet

 

Ellington Field

Ellington Field

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How to Hatch a Nest Egg – War Department Pamphlet No. 21-19

 

29 Gripes About the Filipinos

29 Gripes About the Filipinos

3 thoughts on “The Art of War: Collecting Government Illustrated Booklets and Publications

  1. Hi there,
    Is there a chance you have a high resolution scan of the entire “Terrify and Destroy” booklet? I work at a small WWII museum and we are looking for visual sources related to the 10th.
    Thanks very much!

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