Sports and Games

It’s estimated that only 1 in 16 soldiers saw combat during WWII. Other sources describe the average time in combat as somewhere between 10 and 40 days per year.  That left a lot of time for paperwork, drilling, and well… waiting.

The US Army Special Services was responsible for activities on base and provided everything from board games and sports equipment to fishing kits, musical instruments, and even taught popular crafts of the time, such as leatherwork and lanyard making.

A single deck of cards or a set of dice was easy to tuck in a pocket. Other GI themed pocket games, joke books, and paper activities were soon sold everywhere from the PX to the Sears Catalog.

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