By John Gordon
What was once it quite like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment global 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, battling in adversarial environments and probably being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private number of fabric describing the studies of those males, with the nice majority of the gathering written from inside its ranks. Colloquially recognized to its participants as 'The Div', it was once by means of a long way the foremost a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this booklet John Gordon offers a full of life and illuminating collection of the printed phrases of contributors 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 reviews of over eighty insiders, developing an...
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Magnoon (E) – crazy. Mafeesh (E) – finished; ‘mafeesh faloose’, stony broke. Maleesh (E) – it doesn’t matter. Mangiare (I) – food. Maskeen (E) – hungry. Mill – millieme: Egyptian coin. Value: one eighth of a penny – ‘useful for tips’. Moaning Minnie – Nebelwerfer: German multi-barrelled rocket launcher, also called ‘Screaming Meemie’ or ‘The Andrews Sisters’. Multo (I) – many. Niente (I) – no, nothing or none. Ovo, ouvo (I) – egg. Pam Pam – popular Cairo nightclub featuring belly dancers. Purple death – overproof Italian red wine.
MO – medical officer. Mr – honorific for a lieutenant; other officers are addressed by their military title. NAAFI – Navy Army and Air Force Institute: British military canteen service. Nebelwerfer – German multi-barrelled rocket launcher – ‘eight-barrelled monster’: its projectiles made a hideous screaming noise. 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.
He does the fighting. Douglas Stewart, Sonnets to The Unknown Soldier, 1941 Contents Acknowledgements Military Terms 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 Track to Tripoli 8: Tunisia 9: Going Home 10: The Grim Digs 11: The Officers 12: Early Italy 13: Cassino 14: Beyond Rome 15: The Rivers North 16: Endings Contributors and Sources Illustrations Acknowledgements First and foremost, I want to acknowledge 2 New Zealand Division.