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Cover, Instruction Book and Guide to the United States Riviera Recreational Area, Nice, France, 1945

Contributed by Patricia Morin through Franco-American Collection

This copy of the Instruction Book and Guide to the United States Riviera belonged to Omer Morin of Lewiston, who served in the U.S. Army as an engineer in the ordinance division. A handwritten note at the top of the page indicates that he stayed in Nice from July 27th through August 4th, 1945.

Guides like these were produced to give American military personnel what we might today call "sensitivity training." They included not just the logistics of living in France - how to mail letters, exchange money into French Francs - but also cultural differences to be aware of. There were also restrictions placed on the G.I's, which included warnings:

"The war for US Forces is only half-finished, and there should be no let down in Security…remember you still have a big job ahead. Don't talk about the future. Don't talk about troop movements, and don't let down your security in general."

And some legal guidelines laid down by military police: "All houses of prostitution are off-limits."

The United States Riviera Recreational Area in Nice was established in the summer of 1945 and had accommodations for 18,000 enlisted personnel. Officers were quartered nearby in Cannes.

Other Information


  • Title: Cover, Instruction Book and Guide to the United States Riviera Recreational Area, Nice, France, 1945
  • Creator: United States. Army
  • Creation Date: 1945
  • Subject Date: 1945
  • Local Name: Niça
  • Town: Lewiston, Nice
  • County: Alpes-Maritimes, Androscoggin
  • State: ME, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 28 x 21.5
  • Local Code: 2013.33.3
  • Object Type: Text and Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Franco-American Collection
USM, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
(207) 753-6545
http://www.usm.maine.edu/lac/franco/

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