"This isn't a tourist guide, full of the delights of moonlit nights, tropical seas, and lovely maidens. Its purpose is to give you information, concisely and without frills, about the people and their land..."
United States. War and Navy Departments, A Pocket Guide to Netherlands East Indies Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943.
During World War II, many young men traveled abroad for the first time, courtesy of the U.S. Army and Navy. The Special Service Division of the War Department, a kind of educational and morale-boosting public relations agency, issued a series of small travel guides that were part Fodor's and part Why We Fight. They were intended for the use of soldiers and sailors, describing the U.S.