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

By John Gordon

What used to be it fairly like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment international struggle? 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 establishing camp, enjoyable off-duty, struggling with in antagonistic environments and doubtless being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private choice of fabric describing the reviews of those males, with the nice majority of the gathering written from inside its ranks. Colloquially identified to its contributors as 'The Div', it used to be by means of some distance the key a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this e-book John Gordon provides a full of life and illuminating choice of the broadcast 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 squaddies of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and studies of over eighty insiders, developing an...

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A Job to Do. New Zealand Soldiers of 'The Div' Write About Their World War Two

What was once it quite like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment global conflict? 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, enjoyable off-duty, combating in antagonistic environments and probably being taken prisoner?

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An outlet for both the creative and those who wanted to let off steam, it contained short stories, personal observations, jokes and cartoons, and all manner of verse. And it was all published without even a hint of a swear word – a far cry from life on the lines. ‘OFF PARADE’ was also the only opportunity reader/contributors had for public expression. From the outset, the NZEF Times did not provide a section for letters to the editor. Several New Zealand war correspondents were attached to the Division, and though their despatches were factual they were written under a censorship that eliminated material of possible interest to the enemy, and met the government’s wish that war news was painted in a positive light.

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.

It must have hit his funny [bone] and he just had to walk away, almost exploding. 1985, Dark of the Moon War Peter McIntyre On the Monday morning after the Sunday morning that the war had become a reality I set about joining up. At the Slade School I had vaguely noticed a recruiting poster for the Artists Rifles. I phoned them, and a secretary answered. ’ In Tottenham Court Road I saw a platoon of marching soldiers so I followed them to their barracks in a warehouse. They were The Queen’s Own Westminsters.

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