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 battle, to establishing camp, stress-free off-duty, combating in adverse environments and doubtless being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private collection of fabric describing the stories of those males, with the good majority of the gathering written from inside of its ranks. Colloquially identified to its contributors as 'The Div', it used to be through a ways the main a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this ebook John Gordon provides 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 stories and journal articles penned through infantrymen of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and studies of over eighty insiders, growing an...
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Extra resources for A Job to Do. New Zealand Soldiers of 'The Div' Write About Their World War Two
The following Sunday morning, Prime Minister Michael Savage broadcast from his sickbed to reinforce that ‘a state of war exists between New Zealand and Germany’, adding, ‘we range ourselves without fear beside Britain. Where she goes, we go. ’ The next day the New Zealand Cabinet announced the establishment of a 6600-strong special force to be drawn from men aged 21 to 35, which, as was later explained, was for volunteers only. There were plenty. By the end of the first day of enlistment, 12 September, nearly 5500 had enlisted.
ADS – advanced dressing station. APR – awaiting passage return: to New Zealand. ASC – Army Service Corps. ’ ATS – Auxiliary Territorial Service. AWL, AWOL – absent without leave. B Echelon – reserve section of a unit: ‘lotus eaters’. Bgd – brigade. Bn – battalion. Brassard – Red Cross armband worn by stretcher bearers and medics. BSM – artillery battery sergeant major: WOI, warrant officer class 1. CB – confined to barracks: punishment. CCS – casualty clearing station. CO – commanding officer: usually of a battalion.
Some found it impossible. As youngsters we accepted that silence, especially as our thirst for war stories were quenched by Pan, Fontana and Corgi paperbacks like Reach for the Sky, The Great Escape and Two Eggs on My Plate. They were English-authored paperbacks with more than a hint of Boys’ Own about them, but we bought, borrowed, swapped and devoured them. Thanks to Brit ex-POW Pat Reid, I knew more ways out of Colditz Castle than I did out of Invercargill. They were good reads, but they told me nothing about the war in which the men wearing greatcoats, berets and RSA badges had fought.
A Job to Do. New Zealand Soldiers of 'The Div' Write About Their World War Two by John Gordon