New York Bureau
Frolic at the Front
SOMEWHERE IN ITALY -- It's a festive occasion at the Italian front as the guys and gals drag out a portable phonograph and cut a figurative rug on foreign soil. At left, dancing with Lois Berney of Fallon, N.C., is Pfc Clyde Burgess of Tolcoa, Ga. Dancing at right are Mary Ross Mohen of Unawa, Iowa and Pvt. William Maderra of Rayland, Ohio. The girls are Red Cross workers whose job is to boost the morale of Fifth Army men.
Credit Line - WP - (Photo by Bert Brandt, Acme Correspondent for War Picture Pool) [text from actual WP release for this image - Image from the Allison Collection]
Tonight we stop for a nice evening of R&R for the boys and girls after a long few weeks of slogging up the southern Italian countryside. And yes, Benny, you're invited to the dance! The tide has turned inexoribly against the forces of Fascism as the Allies have taken the war to the European mainland. With Africa and Sicily fallen, we've now put boots on the Boot itself, and the Italian boys, whose hearts hardly seem in the war at all, are surrendering in droves. Most of them seem as eager to see Benny the Moose gone from Bella Roma as we are. Lord knows it wasn't a place I was too fond of when we visited here earlier.
And I can hardly blame their lack of enthusiasm. I mean, have you heard what those blackshirted goons have done to centuries of beautiful Italian music?
Well, at least they boys have collected a lot of souvenirs, as shown above.
As in last week's romp in Russia, it's up to us to show them how it's done. It's time for the GI Jive with special guest Johnny Mercer and his band. Hit it, boys!
Based on how things are going we'll be in Rome in no time...and Berlin not long after! Get ready, mothers, your boys will be home by Christmas! Sure, reports are in that the Germans are mobilizing to their ally's defence, but we handled them well enough in Africa...despite a few setbacks.
But in the mean time we're reintroducing the Italians to their own drink, the Americano Cocktail! Yep, Italy is getting a taste of Americano courtesy of the boys in green...oh, and of course courtesy of the blokes from the British Empire as well, can't forget them! Tchin-tchin!
Photo courtesy of Campari
Fill an Old Fashioned or Highball glass with ice. Add Campari and Vermouth. Top off glass with club soda. Garnish with lemon twist or orange slice.