By John Gordon

What was once it quite like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment 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 struggle, to constructing camp, enjoyable off-duty, struggling with in antagonistic environments and probably being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private number of fabric describing the reviews of those males, with the nice majority of the gathering written from inside of its ranks. Colloquially identified to its contributors as 'The Div', it used to be by means of a long way the main a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this e-book John Gordon provides a full of life and illuminating number of the printed phrases of individuals of 'The Div' or people with shut institutions. the selected extracts are drawn from memoirs, fiction, verse, information experiences and journal articles penned by means of infantrymen of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and reports of over eighty insiders, developing an...

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Red-arses – recent, not yet suntanned arrivals in the Middle East. Red caps – British Corps of Military Police: ‘lantern-jawed brutes’, unanimously disliked by New Zealand soldiers. Rock College – Field Punishment Centre. Sayeeda (E) – good day: ‘sayeeda George’. Sharia (E) – street or road. ‘Wahad for the Sharia’: ‘one for the road’. Shepheard’s – famous Cairo hotel. Shufti (E) – to take a look. Shufti kite – observation aeroplane. Stanna (E) – stop. Strada (I) – street or road. Tedeschi, Ted (I) – the Germans.

CB – confined to barracks: punishment. CCS – casualty clearing station. CO – commanding officer: usually of a battalion. CRA – Commander Royal Artillery. CRE – Commander Royal Engineers. CSM – company sergeant-major: WOII, warrant officer class 2. DCM – Distinguished Conduct Medal: for courage and leadership in action – warrant officers and other ranks. Demob – release from military service. Div. Cav. – New Zealand Divisional Cavalry: black berets in light armoured vehicles and tanks. DR, Don-R, Don Arc – despatch rider.

Hence, ‘Moaning Minnie’ or ‘The Andrews Sisters’. OCTU – Officer Cadet Training Unit. OP, O-Pip – observation post. Panzer – German armoured corps: tanks. POW, PW – prisoner of war. Portee or porté – a truck carrying an unfixed gun (usually an anti-tank weapon) that can be quickly unloaded and also fired from the portee. Provost – military police and traffic control. Pte – private soldier. QM – quartermaster or ‘quarter bloke’. RAP – regimental aid post. This was usually at battalion HQ and the first stop for wounded from the line; then MDS, then CCS.

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