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During the campaign in northern Burma, the OSS organized hundreds of warriors from the Kachin tribe into a ranger unit. 62 Whereas GIs habitually paid natives trifles for their services, they were fully aware that the lands these people lived on might one day offer Americans tremendous natural riches. Like their forefathers on the North American continent, GIs in Asia and the Pacific were continually tantalized by the valuable resources that seemed to be there for the taking. As Richard Slotkin has shown, the mystique of the American frontier sprang not only from its boundless “virgin land,” but from lodes of seemingly inexhaustible raw materials.
By this time, Hollywood had made Mowgli’s Indian world so well-known that GIs began to use it as a reference even in the Pacific. ” Also in 1944, the 592nd Engineer Amphibian Regiment moved camp once again, this time to Dutch New Guinea. Here, young Mowgli easily pushed aside Tarzan, that other enviable creature of the jungle. ”18 What British writer Kipling had done for the American image of India and Burma with a variety of novels, short stories and poems, American author Pearl S. Buck had accomplished for giant China with one single, powerful book.
Then, in a final attempt to ensure a captive audience, the announcement built in the ultimate teaser. ”74 2 Romantics Frontiers, by their very nature of being unexplored and unknown, are lands ruled by the imagination. ” How then could that much more distant frontier to the west be anything but a world of dreams and illusions? 1 The trip to the Pacific seaboard sufficed to awaken in the soldier not only something of the pioneer, but also of the tourist. Late in 1941, a soldier from Nebraska, who had been ordered to Hawaii, packed his bags to travel to the Californian port of embarkation.