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

By John Gordon

What used to be it particularly 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 developing camp, enjoyable off-duty, struggling with in adversarial environments and probably being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private choice of fabric describing the studies 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 way of a ways the key a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this e-book 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 experiences 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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EPIP – large tent: ‘Desert Igloo’, ‘Egyptian Patent Indian-Pattern’ or, earliest probable intercept point. ERS – Education Rehabilitation Service. FDL – forward (or foremost) defended locality. Field Security – the organisation that controlled civilian and military security behind Allied lines. Fire-step – defence position in a deep trench. FPC – Field Punishment Centre: ‘rock college’ or ‘budgie cage’. G1, GSO 1 – general staff officer, Grade 1, normally at division HQ. GMC – Heavy American truck.

1952, The Happy Hunted By March 1941, 18 months after the decision to create 2 NZEF, its major component or fighting arm, 2 NZ Division, finally became a unified force. 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.

When New Zealand was safely tucked away in a blanket of mist, not a few sighs of satisfaction were released. We were actually away – at least one rumour had come true. So be it, we went to our hammocks; bless ’em. There was a great deal of sea about for the next few days and we looked at it when we had the time. For the most part, however, we stood in queues. I know how this happened. Whenever an officer felt bored with lounging in the lounge with other loungers, he would realise he was neglecting the men.

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