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By John Gordon

What used to be it relatively like for the warriors of two New Zealand department in global 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 battle, to establishing camp, stress-free off -duty, battling in antagonistic environments and doubtless being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private choice of fabric describing the studies of those males, just about all written from inside its ranks. Colloquially recognized to its participants as ‘The Div’, it used to be by way of a long way the main a part of New Zealand’s moment Expeditionary strength, making it our major contribution to the warfare. evidently it had a surprisingly New Zealand personality, and regardless of being stuck in different tricky occasions in its early years – and never inevitably of its personal doing – it won a world acceptance for braveness, reliability and achievement.

In this booklet John Gordon offers a full of life and illuminating collection 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 infantrymen of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and stories of over eighty insiders, developing an intimate glimpse of existence and struggle inside ‘The Div’, supported by means of a number of pictures and cartoons from the interval. From the assertion of struggle to the go back domestic, it is a pattern of the studies 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 an analogous frankness, humour, wry cynicism and understatement that they used to deal with the demanding situations in their war.

John Gordon has been curious about sensible agriculture and journalism such a lot of his operating lifestyles. he's top referred to as 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 warfare 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 tune to Tripoli
8 Tunisia
9 Going Home
10 the bleak 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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