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

By John Gordon

What was once it particularly like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment global 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 constructing camp, stress-free off-duty, scuffling with in antagonistic environments and doubtless being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private number of fabric describing the stories of those males, with the good majority of the gathering written from inside its ranks. Colloquially recognized to its contributors as 'The Div', it was once by means of a ways the key a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this ebook John Gordon offers a full of life and illuminating number of the broadcast phrases of participants of 'The Div' or people with shut institutions. the selected extracts are drawn from memoirs, fiction, verse, information stories and journal articles penned via infantrymen of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and studies of over eighty insiders, growing an intimate glimpse of existence and struggle inside 'The Div'. From the assertion of conflict to the go back domestic, this can be a pattern of the stories of good over 100,000 New Zealand males who served within the department: how they coped with self-discipline and catastrophe, sacrifice and luck. They write with an identical frankness, humour, wry cynicism and understatement that they used to deal with the demanding situations in their conflict. "Through their own tales, poems, cartoons, and images, readers are transported again to a time the place lifelong friendships have been shaped throughout the horror of bloody battles in harsh environments." - Air strength information Review

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The officer paused, annoyed but wary, as if he knew that Australian and New Zealand troops had to be handled with care. ‘Hey’ the voice continued. ’ The laughter which followed made even the officer grin, and the moment was saved. T. Burrows On March 8 we set out on a trek of twenty-one miles to a bivouac area south of Helwan. This was by no means a long day for trained soldiers, but we were still in winter clothing and the weather suddenly decided to give us a taste of Egypt’s heat. A wind we came to know very well, the khamsin, was in the offing.

The three main contingents or echelons had left some three months apart, but the threat of German invasion had diverted the second contingent to Britain. That threat over, the Second Echelon (5th Brigade) arrived in Egypt, tagged as the ‘Glamour Boys’, a moniker that Geoffrey Cox, in A Tale of Two Battles, thought unfair.

She asked suddenly. ‘For the rest of our lives,’ he said. And that meant the lives not only of those who ‘went away’, but those they came back to ... or did not come back to. The war was discussed – who was ‘away’, how his family coped, what effect it had on him, what he did when he came back – but little or nothing was said about what he had done in the war. It is commonly believed that ‘when the boys came home’, they didn’t share their experiences and lived with them as best they could. On the surface, at least, many did that well.

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