Private Snafu



During World War II, GI’s would watch a lot of training films, and most of them would often cure any insomnia that viewers might be suffering from.  However, the Private Snafu shorts were different.  Snafu, a term familiar to anyone who has even been in the Army, was the ultimate Army foul up who taught by negative example.  The production values were quite good, with Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, lending his talents, and dialogue sometimes being written by Theodore Geisl, who went on to post war fame as Dr. Seuss.

The films were funny, risqué for their time and blunt:  the message conveyed tended to linger in the minds of the troops.  A broad range of topics were covered:


Camouflage :

The Home Front:

Mosquito Control:

What am I doing in the infantry:

Not a bad method of helping spice up training.

Published in: on September 15, 2013 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. Indeed, I do remember Snafu… but didn’t recall his voice at all… Thanks for bringing this important aspect of history up again!

    • World War II was full of such characters: Sad Sack and the immortal Willie and Joe swiftly come to mind. As Bill Mauldin told an unconvinced Patton, such characters allowed soldiers to blow off steam by seeing them deal with the inanities of military life. Malden was correct.

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