A Job to Do. New Zealand Soldiers of 'The Div' Write About by John Gordon

By John Gordon

What used to be it quite like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment global warfare? How did they spend their time and the way did they see their lives as servicemen, from education at domestic and crusing off to struggle, to constructing 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 nice majority of the gathering written from inside of its ranks. Colloquially recognized to its individuals as 'The Div', it was once via a long way the most important a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this booklet John Gordon provides a full of life and illuminating number of the printed phrases of individuals of 'The Div' or people with shut institutions. the selected extracts are drawn from memoirs, fiction, verse, information reviews and journal articles penned via infantrymen of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and reviews of over eighty insiders, developing an...

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LCV – light carrying vehicle: unarmoured. LO – liaison officer. LOB – left out of battle: ‘footslogger’s prayer’. LRDG – Long Range Desert Group: the bearded, Arabian-headdress-wearing, behind-the-desert-line navigators, route-finders and insurgents. M&V – British rations: tinned meat and vegetables. ’ MAC – motor ambulance convoy. MC – Military Cross: for courage and leadership under fire – officers. MDS – main dressing station. MG – machine gun: 27 (MG) Battalion. mid – mentioned in despatches to the high command for gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy.

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. CRA – Commander Royal Artillery. CRE – Commander Royal Engineers. CSM – company sergeant-major: WOII, warrant officer class 2.

Wahad for the Sharia’: ‘one for the road’. Shepheard’s – famous Cairo hotel. Shufti (E) – to take a look. Shufti kite – observation aeroplane. Stanna (E) – stop. Strada (I) – street or road. Tedeschi, Ted (I) – the Germans. Tutti (I) – everything. Two-pipper – a full lieutenant: two pips (stars) on his shoulder epaulettes. Uno (I) – one. Up the blue – into the distance: to the zone of hostilities. V, Vs, Veefers – particularly smelly and objectionable issue cigarettes – but free! Wadi (E) – dry (usually) desert watercourse.

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