ARMY: Yanks in New Guinea

Last month the U.S. Army let it be known that some of the military-secret-number of U.S.-Australian ground troops had been transferred to New Guinea. Among them were some American Negroes, mostly engineers, who build bridges, make roads, dig ditches. (A large proportion of all U.S. troops in Australia are service troops, e.g., quartermasters.)

The colored troops promptly taught the natives (some of them are cannibals) their favorite game, got licked (see cut, p. 45). The natives, like many before them, were entranced by a jeep (see cut, p. 45).

From TIME'S Correspondent Robert Sherrod...

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