With less than a week to go until the Rooks join us on campus, we’re preparing a variety of exhibits and orientation activities to welcome the students. One of the topics we are highlighting is the front-line war experience of Norwich graduates.
We came across this fascinating document in the papers of Allen Wilder, a member of the Class of 1931 who served in the North African theater during World War II. It’s a guide distributed by the US Army that gives an overview–not necessarily in the most progressive or sensitive tone–of the cultural differences and traditions that they thought troops should be aware of while serving in the “Arab” or “Moslem” territories of North Africa.
This image is just one page from a pamphlet that also includes information about weather, disease, geography, cuisine, and even local gender politics. Come read the rest in our reading room today!