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  1. Jordan

    Jordan New Member

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    What was your favorite episode of SNAFU and link a video.
    Mine was "Censorship".
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xltO0Xcdm1s
     
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    I also like to know more about the origin of SNAFU
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Acronyms are verbal short-hand. BFR (Big ____ Radio) for example.
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Situation Normal, All Fuc*ed Up.
     
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    That was the great Mel Blanc doing the voices
     
  6. Jordan

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    Yes I know what SNAFU means I mean like when did the show start and why
     
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    They were training films for US military branches to help show the men how to behave and act.

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    Welcome the the forum Jordan. You'll learn a lot about WWII here. Ask any questions you like.
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    According to the dvd case of my "The Complete Uncensored Private Snafu" They first appeared June 1943 and continued through January 1946.

    They were part entertainment/part training film (short films were common back then and were fillers before or between films/newsreels) and were shown only to service personnel. Often racist by today's standards they tried to reinforce or explain Army rules, regulations and doctrines in a humorous way through the mis-adventures of Private Snafu who generally did things the wrong way first before getting it right.

    They were also risque and mildly profane for the time and contained some brief moments of animated nudity to the delight of service personnel. It is claimed that when troops were shown newsreel's and movies that did not contain a 'Snafu' short they were upset at it being missing.

    They are still funny today and you can see how much they resemble cartoons many of us watched as children before Japanese anime and its ilk took over Saturday morning.
     
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    Here is a live action short similar to Pvt Snafu with Huntz Hall of Bowery Boys fame.
    Some very good shots of the interior of the F4F Wildcat cockpit too

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc6WTWREkkk
     
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    "Every man his own censor".
     
  11. Jordan

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    I dont watch anime that much anymore I usually watch TMC three stooges Andy Griffith Show or something else.
     
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    A somewhat forgotten acronym was O.H.I.O.
     
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    Over the Hill in October.
     
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    Bingo. The 1940 draftees were due to be released in September of 1941. A bill was before Congress that would extend their one year active duty to two years. Some of the young men were a tad grumpy about that.
     
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    Nice article from LIFE, August 18, 1941.
    https://books.google.com/books?id=YU0EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=Over+the+Hill+in+October.&source=bl&ots=v9WArVnfMi&sig=Pyy5cNOnIeqH8iWz5gtD_Xqd2P0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjzu4GQuv7PAhWh44MKHVpfCtgQ6AEIPTAE#v=onepage&q=Over%20the%20Hill%20in%20October.&f=false
     
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    But I digress...

    My favorite

    BOOBY TRAPS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU256cGwMHM
     
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    I've been trapped by a pair of nice boobies a time or two myself.
     
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    So this acronym was created due to low morale in that Division.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Not even. It was in use well before WWII. "Private Snafu" was so named because everybody would recognize what his name implied.
     
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    I read the article very interesting
     

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