During WWII over 120,000 American troops were stationed in Northern Ireland, with over 300,000 passing through during the course of the war. During these years one in every ten people in NI was an American serviceman!
Every US soldier was issued with a pocket guidebook explaining the people, culture & history of Northern Ireland., and how a G.I. should conduct himself when interacting with locals. You can read this fascinating guidebook below.....
A POCKET GUIDE TO NORTHERN IRELAND
THERE ARE TWO IRELANDS
|The shipbuilding yards of Belfast are among the very |
largest in the world. Before the war, when this picture
was taken, giant liners, including the ill-fated Titanic,
were launched here. Now the yards are busy day and
night building ships of war.
EIRE BORDER PROBLEMS
THE PEOPLE-THEIR CUSTOMS AND MANNERS
Europeans generally, are accustomed to drinks served at room temperature. They like them that way.
Milk, eggs, bread, and tea usually serve the Ulsterman both at breakfast and supper. (Supper is often called “high tea.”) Dinner is the only meal that includes meat, potatoes, and other vegetables, and, except at the big hotels in the cities, it usually comes in the middle of the day.
DIFFERENCE IN LANGUAGE
ULSTER AT WAR
MONEY, WEIGHTS, AND MEASURES
The penny is worth about 2 cents in American money.