[Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, ca. 1944]. Small card printed on both sides, 4.5 x 2.5 inches. Mild toning around the edges. Very good. Item #2661
A rare pocket-sized, or wallet-sized card intended to be carried by White officers to instruct them how best to treat African-American soldiers in the field during World War II. The list of fifteen points reproduces the same checklist of points as printed in the War Department’s nineteen-page pamphlet number 20-6, which is also titled Command of Negro Troops. Some of the commands are rather patronizing, such as the first and fourth, which read, "Have I made due allowances for any lack of educational opportunity in my men?" and "Have I used words and phrases that my men cannot fully comprehend?" Another point asks the officer to ponder "Have I protected the rights of my men in their relations with other troops and with the public?" Other points concern fair discipline, instilling pride and confidence, promoting "the most intelligent and responsible soldiers," and making sure to remind the soldiers "why we fight," among other points. OCLC records just a single institutional holding of this pocket-sized version, at Brown University.