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Gareth Davies

Allenby's Special Order of the Day 1 January 1919

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Gareth Davies

General Allenby issued a Special Order of the Day to the EEF on 1 January 1919.

 

"...special temptations exist with regards to Wine and Women."

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Ron Clifton

Parts of the wording seems to owe a debt to Kitchener's message to the troops of the BEF in August 1914, especially the bit about Wine and Women.

 

Ron

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michaeldr

Matthew Hughes in his book on Allenby's middle east correspondence mentions that he couldn't find an exact Jan.'19 date for this order 

Regarding the second of the temptations, there are some interesting info & statistics here https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/temptation-troops/#comments

 

 

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Steven Broomfield

I do wish my mum had taken a leaf out of The Bull's book.

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stevebecker

Mates,

 

One gets the feeling that he's aiming at us (Colonials) while I can see his point, all these men with not much to do and money to spend.

 

The records show a time when many of the AIF were in hosp, not so much with what Michael mentions, but with malaria or related illness.

 

Bored men can get into trouble, as the Anzac Mounted Div found out.

 

But with the poor relations with the Local peoples this was bound to happen sooner or later.

 

S.B

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Steven Broomfield

I wouldn't take it so personally: there was, I believe, ill-discipline in British units too. Lots of young men, the war over, wishing to go home and stuck in the back end of nowhere.

 

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Heid the Ba
5 hours ago, Steven Broomfield said:

. . .  and stuck in the back end of nowhere.

 

That’s certainly one way to describe it.

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Steven Broomfield

There might be women and children reading.

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