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About The Special Services was founded in 1940 as a branch of the military dedicated to entertaining and boosting morale amongst soldiers [1...

Supplying Musical Instruments to Soldiers in World War II

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The Special Services was founded in 1940 as a branch of the military dedicated to entertaining and boosting morale amongst soldiers [1].

According to FM 28-105, a field manual for the branch, they shipped out 2 guitars, 2 mandolins, 2 violins, 144 ukuleles, tonettes, song flutes, and ocarinas per kit. Kit D contained the instruments and supplies needed to maintain them in Europe where obtaining replacement parts might be impossible [2].

. Kit “ D ” ( Musical ) is a collection of instruments con taining one piano, guitars, mandolins, ukeleles, harmonicas, tonettes, ocarinas, and various publications and maintenance

( 3) Guitar. The Spanish model guitar included in the musical kit will serve satisfactorily with reasonable care which should include keeping the instrument clean and dry, and maintaining the mechanism by frequently cleaning and oiling lightly the patent head . The metal strings should be treated lightly with a very thin oil. Spare parts include bridge and patent head , which constitute a complete unit, and an extra finger board. (4) Mandolin. The care of the mandolin is the same as that necessary for the maintenance of the guitar . The nec essary parts with which to make repairs are included in the kit . ( 5) Ukulele. The ukulele has Aesh strings which are sus ceptible to heat and moisture. They should be loosened 19 slightly when the instrument is not in use . Its care is the same as that prescribed for the guitar and mandolin .




Sources

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Services_(entertainment)
[2] https://books.googleusercontent.com/books/content?req=AKW5QacEo_rWBpPXrI8hHb99vCyuuzzPPMSCod4A8ZLQT9oEt0N8_ZlSWpS3xTL57G61YS3_-6Ztjeh_VQ6CKNvPa5Jdmcr83qPFNK-P4Nx4Elq4iYjOpNT5sAL6QzZvS74agZhnz4EFxgD-XuXphQ3zVcVkPr3kpgrCuUA6DN8OS5_kLYZkZvMMWovxKYMrOh6_Gchnh4zSvA3rnHkp7VUeCp89obhyVn-0ftXFnefLQpGXu3xeTHBc4nPJ5LQ8cIN5-lGBEyBj_GXM5GTgkAOMGaLwPDYnkg