|¬†¬†¬†||96. "Why don't French soldiers ever clean their uniforms?"
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The French soldier got only one full uniform issued to him. It is impossible for him to draw another; it is almost impossible for him to purchase another.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Cleaning takes three to four weeks in France.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Why don't they use cleaning fluid? Because they don't have cleaning fluid.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Why don't they wash their uniforms? They do -- but with a very poor ersatz soap. It is the only soap they can get.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The French soldier got paid 800 francs a month ($16) until September, 1945, when this sum was cut to 180 francs a month ($3.60). (This cut in pay came at about the time the French government announced it would give every American soldier in France 850 francs a month as a bonus.) The French soldier gets a total pay of about 12 cents a day. How well could you keep up your uniform on 12 cents a day?