Americans Down Under In WWII

According to local legend, several hundred Australian soldiers took up arms and started shooting at an encampment of American soldiers near Townsville. The Americans began shooting back. Finally the officers managed to calm things down.

Australians couldn’t countenance that black American troops would be wandering the streets or mixing with the local ladies, so they used to barrack them somewhere separate and for their entertainment, they’d round up Aboriginal women to dance for them.

A black American soldier was driving recklessly in Gladstone along the Rocky Glen Hotel and he ran over and killed an Australian kid. An American officer came on the scene and executed the soldier on the spot.

A lack of discipline was marked on all sides in Australia.

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