A Marine’s Guide to China


“This small booklet is issued to you in order that you may know a few fats about the country, and the region where we will be stationed.”

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After the end of the war with Japan on September 2, 1945, the U.S. Marines were ordered to participate in the occupation of certain areas of China primarily to assist Chiang Kai-shek’s government in the surrender and disarmament of Japanese troops. This guidebook was issued to men of the First Marine Division who would be stationed in North China, and includes basic information of practical application to an occupying force. Local customs, history, sanitation regulations, recreational opportunities, and warnings on Chinese vices are all covered in detail.

The booklet includes a list of common Chinese phrases, stereotypical illustrations of “common people” and three fold out maps; Tientsin, Peking and North China. This particular example was signed by a previous owner, Private First Class James P. Hughes

Map Details

Publication Date: 1945

Author: Reproduction Section, First Marine Division

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Condition: B+

Condition Description: 25 pp. guidebook, approximately 4.25" x 6", with stapled binding and pictorial paper covers. Old owners inscription (PFC J.P. Hughes) on front endpaper and back. The back cover is loose, minor soiling on the title page and there is some creasing in corners of the three fold out maps. Good to very good condition overall.


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