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Besides an overview of the contents of the book, the Introduction provides background information on the organization and content of military entertainment produced “for the troops, by the troops.” As an example of a military entertainment unit, readers are introduced to “The Optimists,” the British Territorial Army’s 18th Divisional concert party formed in England prior to deployment overseas. Some of its members will play an important role in the entertainment on the Thailand-Burma railway.
Eldredge, Sears, "Introduction" (2014). Book Chapters. 23.
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