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By John Gordon

ISBN-10: 1459686632

ISBN-13: 9781459686632

ISBN-10: 1775591301

ISBN-13: 9781775591306

What used to be it rather like for the warriors of two New Zealand department in 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 conflict, to constructing camp, enjoyable off -duty, combating in opposed environments and doubtless being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private number of fabric describing the stories of those males, just about all written from inside its ranks. Colloquially recognized to its contributors as ‘The Div’, it was once by means of a ways the main a part of New Zealand’s moment Expeditionary strength, making it our major contribution to the battle. clearly it had a quite New Zealand personality, and regardless of being stuck in different tricky occasions in its early years – and never inevitably of its personal doing – it received a world attractiveness for braveness, reliability and achievement.

In this e-book John Gordon offers a full of life and illuminating collection of the printed 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 squaddies of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and reports of over eighty insiders, growing an intimate glimpse of lifestyles and conflict inside of ‘The Div’, supported through a number of photos and cartoons from the interval. From the assertion of battle to the go back domestic, this can be a pattern of the reports of good over 100,000 New Zealand males who served within the department: how they coped with self-discipline and catastrophe, sacrifice and good fortune. They write with a similar frankness, humour, wry cynicism and understatement that they used to deal with the demanding situations in their war.

John Gordon has been taken with functional agriculture and journalism such a lot of his operating existence. he's most sensible often called the commentator of the tv sequence, A Dog’s Show, which he additionally fronted for its 17-year run, and he has written and directed many documentaries for tv, together with episodes of Country Calendar. His curiosity in 2 New Zealand department has its origins in his father’s battle provider – from which he didn't go back – and the post-war international he grew up in. John Gordon has released rural anthologies, Out of Town and Fresh Fields, and written 4 works of non-fiction. He lives in Southland.

CONTENTS:
Acknowledgements
Military phrases and Abbreviations
Soldier Lingo
Introduction
1 Peace to War
2 Greece
3 Crete
4 Cairo and Maadi
5 The Western Desert
6 El Alamein
7 The Diamond song to Tripoli
8 Tunisia
9 Going Home
10 the awful Digs
11 The Officers
12 Early Italy
13 Cassino
14 past Rome
15 The Rivers North
16 Endings
Contributors and Sources
Illustrations

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