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

By John Gordon

What was once it quite like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment international 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, stress-free 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 good majority of the gathering written from inside its ranks. Colloquially identified to its participants as 'The Div', it used to be by means of a ways the foremost a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this ebook John Gordon provides 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 reviews of over eighty insiders, developing an...

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IO – Intelligence Officer K Rations – standard ration for United States troops. KD – khaki drill. King’s Regs – the standard reference book on military law and discipline. LAD – light aid detachment: vehicle repair and recovery unit – ‘military AA’. 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.

Because our ID numbers had four figures we were also known as four-figure men, as later chaps had five, six or seven figures in their numbers ... There were some very fine men in the 1st Echelon: men that would do anything to help their cobbers. And I must admit there were others too. The army was run down in the depression of the 1930s. When we first went into camp there were no huts, trucks were very few. And everything had to be built up, made, tried out, etc – we were the ‘Guinea Pigs’ ... It was straight into army life: drill, march, and so on.

DSO – Distinguished Service Order: for courage and leadership in action – officers only. ED – Efficiency Decoration or excused duties: usually the latter. Enfilade – an attack from the flank on the front of an advance. ENSA – Entertainment National Service Association – British: ‘every night something awful’. EPIP – large tent: ‘Desert Igloo’, ‘Egyptian Patent Indian-Pattern’ or, earliest probable intercept point. ERS – Education Rehabilitation Service. FDL – forward (or foremost) defended locality.

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