By John Gordon
What was once it relatively like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment international battle? How did they spend their time and the way did they see their lives as servicemen, from education at domestic and crusing off to warfare, to developing camp, enjoyable off-duty, scuffling with in adversarial environments and probably being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private choice of fabric describing the reports of those males, with the good majority of the gathering written from inside its ranks. Colloquially identified to its participants as 'The Div', it was once by way of a ways the most important a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this booklet John Gordon offers a full of life and illuminating choice of the printed phrases of contributors of 'The Div' or people with shut institutions. the selected extracts are drawn from memoirs, fiction, verse, information studies and journal articles penned by way of infantrymen of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and stories of over eighty insiders, growing an...
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Maskeen (E) – hungry. Mill – millieme: Egyptian coin. Value: one eighth of a penny – ‘useful for tips’. Moaning Minnie – Nebelwerfer: German multi-barrelled rocket launcher, also called ‘Screaming Meemie’ or ‘The Andrews Sisters’. Multo (I) – many. Niente (I) – no, nothing or none. Ovo, ouvo (I) – egg. Pam Pam – popular Cairo nightclub featuring belly dancers. Purple death – overproof Italian red wine. Q-ships – An armed merchant ship with concealed weapons. Quois (E) – good. Racehorses – very thin, roll-your-own cigarettes.
Long icicles hung from the barrack windows and, frankly, I was bored. We were grown men, many of us well educated, and for the first month or two eager to learn something of the art of war, but we were taught to salute to the right, salute to the left. The only relief was occasional leave in London. Our lemon-squeezer hats made people think that the whole New Zealand Army had arrived. In pubs the drinks lined up in front of us, even our bus fares were paid... We were issued with the old-fashioned uniform, which buttoned right up to the neck with brass buttons.
With so many expensive limousines about I would hate to be knocked down by one of Cairo’s old-time taxis. T. Burrows Image 6 Brigade exercises and manoeuvres in the desert, from the point of view of the soldier in the ranks, are dull and unprofitable. He has to sit and wait, often for hours. There is no shade and, although thirsty, he knows from bitter experience if he empties his water bottle he will be thirstier than ever before the end of the day. The only real thirst-quencher is a hot mug of tea.
A Job to Do. New Zealand Soldiers of 'The Div' Write About Their World War Two by John Gordon