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By John Gordon

ISBN-10: 1459686632

ISBN-13: 9781459686632

ISBN-10: 1775591301

ISBN-13: 9781775591306

What used to be it relatively 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 warfare, to developing camp, stress-free off -duty, combating in adversarial environments and probably being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private collection of fabric describing the reports of those males, just about all written from inside its ranks. Colloquially identified to its participants as ‘The Div’, it was once by way of a long way the most important a part of New Zealand’s moment Expeditionary strength, making it our major contribution to the conflict. evidently it had a extraordinarily New Zealand personality, and regardless of being stuck in numerous tough occasions in its early years – and never inevitably of its personal doing – it received a global popularity for braveness, reliability and achievement.

In this ebook John Gordon provides a full of life and illuminating choice of the printed phrases of participants 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 studies of over eighty insiders, growing an intimate glimpse of lifestyles and warfare inside ‘The Div’, supported by way of a bunch of pictures and cartoons from the interval. From the announcement of battle to the go back domestic, it is a pattern of the stories 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 considering useful agriculture and journalism such a lot of his operating existence. he's top 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 carrier – 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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