Don’t Be A Dope VI

An illustration from the “Don’t be a Dope!” series was included in the M36 tank destroyer technical manual.

dont-be-a-dope-vi-m36-tank

 

Intelligence Cartoon

Intelligence

Combat Crew Manual, XX Bomber Command, December 1944


 

Don’t Be A Dope V

Always check the oil! An angry tank crew stars in another “Don’t Be A Dope” training poster from Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

Always Check the Oil - Dont Be a Dope WW2 Poster

The tank crew is sore as a boil
For it ain’t according to Hoyle
     To get caught in a spot.
     So exceedingly hot.–
Joe Dope had checked all-but the oil!
Don’t be a dope! HANDLE EQUIPMENT RIGHT!
 

Low Banks Ain’t Healthy

Low Banks Aint Healthy (B-24D Liberator)

Good advice from the Consolidated B-24D Liberator Pilot’s Manual.

Be Careful Where You Drop Your Tanks

“Be Careful Where You Drop Your Tanks” — good advice for P-38 Lightning pilots from Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions for the P-38, September 1943.

Be Careful Where You Drop Your Tanks

 

Don’t Be A Dope IV

Another in the colorful series of “Don’t Be A Dope” training posters starring Joe Dope:

Dont be a Dope Poster - Dont wash vehicles in lakes, creeks or oceans, it ruins and corrodes delicate parts.

Don’t wash vehicles in lakes, creeks or oceans, it ruins and corrodes delicate parts.
Don’t be a dope! HANDLE EQUIPMENT RIGHT.
 

Don’t Be A Dope III

Another “Don’t Be A Dope” training poster starring Joe Dope:

Dont be a Dope -  Stuka Attack - Clean You Gun

When the Stukas begin to attack
Ain’t the time to make up for a lack
     Of cleaning your gun –
     Which won’t shoot at a Hun
With a month’s gummy dust on its back!
CLEAN IT EVERY 3 DAYS
 
Don’t be a dope! HANDLE EQUIPMENT RIGHT.
 

Don’t Be A Dope II

Another humorous “Don’t be a dope!” poster from WWII.

Don't be a Dope Jeep Poster

Don’t be a dope! Handle Equipment Right!
With an air of complete unconcern // Joe Dope speeds his Jeep ’round a turn // And slams on his brakes //At each stop that he makes — // You’d think we had tires to burn!
 

Don’t be a Dope!

This illustration from the “Don’t be a Dope! Handle Equipment Right!” series was included in the ordnance parts manual for the M55 quad .50 caliber machine gun trailer. Appropriate to the subject of the manual, the artist has added an M55 mount and trailer to the illustration.

Don't be a dope. Handle Equipment Right.

To prove that he’s game as the fliers
Whose daring the public admires,
Joe Dope hurls his loads
Over rock-studded roads—
And boy! is it tough on the tires!

 

Message to Messengers

“Message to Messengers” from Combat Lessons No. 6:

Message to Messengers

From Lieutenant Colonel J. D. Calidonna, Signal Officer, 34th Division, ITALY: “Messengers have to be good to do their job properly. They have to use a great deal of initiative and common sense in locating units to which they must deliver messages. Because they work alone and have to cover much territory, sometimes in forward areas, they have to exercise enough intelligence to keep from being killed or captured. In addition to all this, messengers must be able to report intelligently on what they have seen while making their runs.”

Message to Messengers

Messengers must use initiative in locating units.