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Mediterranean Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1942, Naples, Naples Stars and stripes american officers who came to North Africa secretly by Sud Marme weeks before first troops landed left to night Julius h Mark l and Gerard a Fig signal francs which had been brought along in Case bribes were suddenly the boat and and captains were thrown into the clothes and Money were but the oars were the boat righted and the party in time Clark continued from Page 1 continued on their the purpose of Clarks Mission was described by Gen Eisenhower in these words free weeks before the it became Evi Dent that there was a Large group of frenchmen in North Africa anxious to operate Witto it was essential to Send a staff of professional officers to Contact and make use of these men and obtain essential the information was obtained and in the Brief Campaign in Algeria and a great Many Allied soldiers lives were doubtless red Cross opens big new club six Story building will feed seat 900 a service club for army enlisted men and their guest among the Allied forces was opened by the american red Cross in Algiers a month to the Day after Allied forces made their first Landing in French North Afri the club is located at 10 Bou Levard about two blocks South of the Algiers Post in a six Story building acquired from the Stu dents association of the University of arrangements for the club were made by William in charge of All red Cross opera tons in this theatre of and Howard regional supervisor of service club who found the new building ideally suited for the recreational use of the troops of this task the building has an auditorium seating where will be shown free american movies four nights a it has a Large snack where sandwiches and Coffee will be and a restaurant capable of seating 500 which will be opened As soon As there Are Oliree two game a Large gymnasium and a series of smaller from 15 to 20 Beds will be available in the new club for transient enlisted besides the musical shows to be Given by a company of French artists arc planed for Fri Day evenings and symphony con certs May be riven sunday after Stevenson and Barr also Hope to have dances for the men once or twice a with girls from the University As dancing already a considerable Library has been collected for the new clubs radios Cap Able of getting american Short wave stations and pianos for the use of Soldier musicians Are fur darts and backgammon will also be besides being a service the building will serve As american red Cross Headquarters for All Field supervisors in this theatre of Mobile canteens outfitted with Field kitchens making and serving doughnuts and Coffee will be organized and sent to army units in isolated sections As Well As to the Hospital visiting and civilian Relief will directed from this the red Cross has also provided the stars and stripes with a suite of offices on the fourth floor of the Frank of and Albert of in front of flew red Cross service club in Algiers af11q signal corps new red Cross service club at Algiers Blondie by Courtesy of King features Syndicate by Chic Young Algiers continued from Page 1 like their fathers a generation american soldiers Here Are quickly learning to Bon Jour and Voule Vous Duvin All English French dictionaries in town were quickly sold but the language Hast presented any insuperable chortled one private those French gals understand the sign i a Date with one the other night and she didst know no English and i didst know no but she seemed to know just what i was both americans and the people of Algiers Are flabbergasted at the surprises of the last three weeks Security in London and washing ton was so Good no one had any idea americans were the assured by Axis radio broadcasts that boats had Des troyed the whole Allied merchant Marine were stunned by the appearance of an enormous assault teams marching on the City with guns set to fire were astonished when the enemy opened up the Gates to forts and handed out wine Tead of Ammu most of All were the German agents who discovered too late to get away what was Hap most vivid in minds of most americans who landed Here on november 8 is How they threaded their Way Down streets past herding sheep and mothers airing Many invited passing americans into their Homes and gave them oranges and along the Esplanade overlooking the docks thousands gathered to cheer the disembarking soldiers shouting the while Vive Roose velt and Vive 1amerique the mood of the Day was prob ably Best expressed by a ranking French officer on being captured and at once re exclaimed this is what Call a Belle Guerre the honeymoon is now Over Ami Algiers is crowded to str Angula every Good hotel in the City has been taken Over by the army and owners of Many Fine Villas have been evicted by billeting there Are no steel Struc Tures Here and thus there Are few effective air raid Algiers was altogether Unn renamed for the blackout emergency and Mei it largely by simply switching off the electricity i most places after weve had one All night and since the bombs travel right through the Flimsy buildings we saw Point in Pong we simply sweated out the raids in americans who Ivy or saw the London Blitz marvelled at the curtains of flak that set the Gerian sky things had not moved As fast As Many frenchmen Here hoped they for that american food would quickly a for their americans who thought wartime living in Britain difficult Are now experiencing life in a heretofore Axis dominated the hundreds of German and italian armlet Lee commissioners Here bled Algeria almost to because removed cattle Ond sheep Algeria now has no no no it has no no Mutton no no and no sugar since it has no fuel for fishing practically no rationing of other food makes the British which Many americans thought by comparison some thing conceived by a gastronomic there Are some commodities in which Algeria still remains officers have bought enough of the famed French lipsticks and cosmetics to Glam Orize their wives and girl friends or years to Citrus starved yanks and mommies from eng and Are consuming oranges and bundle they tied More than tangerines by the Carload and strewing i i Lings Over the algerian Countryside algerian wine May be purchased it contains 13 per rent alcohol and to effects Are slow but a unfortunately Many soldiers have been impressed by the quantities available for ridiculously Low Pri Ces and have not adjusted them lives As vet to its retarded the cold Rainy season has be there is plenty of mud Here and the red soil of Algeria Sticks o boots like the comparative comforts of British military stations Are a thing of the n Britain convoys brought the men cigarettes and chocolate and any number of Here con Voys Are engaged in supplying the army with guns and tanks and military although Algiers s Only an intermediate Supply base for troops 200 Miles a the Here have 3egun to taste in Small measure what War can really con Tim tied it in a As More a of a Gateway Toj with or Yanic irom Europe crowded my Lim its even before hotel rooms Are now out Cwi question i end such winners passes Are forgotten Baths Are another hard item to and hot water is virtually the i Fps due to open any Day i but in the meantime some i of the boy were much too lavish in their initial gifts to the j French populace Are setting mighty Low in some Pec Ialy the language presented some difficulties at and this Cor whose French is More practical than acted to an interpreter to any number of new after three Days in the Soldier oets Over the of hearing people talk funny French and begins to teach the the Arab Shoeshine boy and the Street merchant to speak his he even begins to feel a ittle sorry that these people never Learned How to up eff sensible the few problems of speech which remain have been solved by posters stuck up All Over town list the most Indi spen sible such As i want something to eat be desire Man re i want a Glass of be desire in Verre de Vin where1 is the of est be if youre stationed out of you get to Oran for the Day by truck or Thum theres generally a weapons jeep or wine cart going your sometimes its possible to hire a horse and buggy Driver for Short taxi the horses of Oran Are incidentally snorting arabian they Are Mattero fact workmen who go about their business paying no attention to Klaxon or the american that not True for the Arab they follow you Down the streets with baskets of Tan dates and no a Soldier who Doest have half a dozen trailing him feels sell you a postcard or a newspaper at every half of them tote Shoeshine boxes and manage to get your shoes half polished be fore you can Stop one lad whose clothing resembles a badly worn neg Rug has been doing Al excellent business by proudly Dia playing the x typewriter recommendation of a client to All who shall see these pre greetings know be that reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Fidel Ity of boric acid i do hereby no Point him 1st in the shoe Shine boys army of Algeria from the 26th Day of signed Joe 3rd underground me skit theres Good cold Beer to buy up until such times As the bar runs out of and theres every kind of excellent wine from Pale and tight Mascara to Sweet and heavy there apparently int a sirloin on the continent of but if you get there Early you can manage to get a Good Din Ner i had one meal of hours brains and tangerines and for the movies have opened for 3 Oclock matinees with two films starring a kind of French Robert and theres also a local edition of the Folles the red Cross is charge of the african version of Nasafi and the service having taken Over the re Nault automobile show rooms As an information recreation there Busy now giving answers to three very old questions where can i get something to eat where can i get a Bath and where can i get a bed Little by Little the smaller incidents of the three Day Campaign Here Are beginning to come out in reminiscences at mess and Over theres the Story for of the lieutenant colonel who captured eight French sol Diers with a package of English theres another Story of the lieutenant who drove his tank into Only to have it surrounded by admiring women and but All in All Oran to most of the Isa pretty pleasant place to despite the fact that a gets colder at night than one would expect of All the men stationed outside the City Are working hard to build up their and miracles have already taken plump the american army Down in a Field of mud and Ere 48 hours Are therell be adequate Drain a Central lighting system and running cold if not water

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