How to Behave in Britain

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Dave55, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Here's a training film with Burgess Meredith.
    When he wasn't working in Hollywood he lived in a small town in NY near where I grew up. Everyone really liked him. He was also a captain in the USAAF

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  2. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    There is also a booklet with the catchy title:
    'Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain 1942'.

    It probably tells us more about Americans than the British. I like 'When you see a girl in khaki or air force blue with a bit of ribbon on her tunic, remember that she did'nt get it for knitting socks.'

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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Best film I've seen today.
  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Dad's Army meets Americans in pub. Wonderful episode. :)

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  5. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    "Many Americans have German names." - "What? - this thing is getting out of hand!" :D
  6. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    In the yank training film at 18.35: "Question: What's the capital of Wales? Answer: Aberystwyth"

    Turns out Cardiff was only declared capital in 1955, but I can't find anything saying Aberystwyth was ever the capital. Can anyone shed any light?
  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I expect a few of you will also enjoy this:

    The Story of the British Pub - From Ancient Times to Today (1940s)
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  8. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    I can only deem it US ignorance. The "rival" for capital of Wales was Carnarvon (Caernarfon). not Aberystwyth.
  9. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    It's not the American who says it. It is one of the school children and the teacher then confirms they are correct.
  10. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Does anyone know the name of the game the father and son are playing at the 5:10 mark of the "How to Behave in Britain" movie? I can't make it out.

  11. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Shove ha'penny, I think.

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  12. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    "Everyone is treated the same when it comes to....................................................................................dying".
  13. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

  14. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Capital of Wales - Wikipedia

    (Not a simple answer ;-)
  15. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    There is a very good Canadian Army Report detailing the problems the Canadian Army had in adjusting to Britain from 1940 onwards. I've got an e copy somewhere. It describes many of the same issues. However it also points out that in 1942 Canadian teams were formed to assist US Army soldiers to adjust - being regarded as sort of half British and half American they could mediate ( I assume that nobody from Quebec needed apply). One training exercise was "The trip to the pub". However the Canadians were less patronising and also attempted to train us Brits to understand the Yanks. Individual Canadians were instructed to get out there and mingle. Does going down the pub become less attractive when it's part of one's duty?

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