A Job to Do. New Zealand Soldiers of 'The Div' Write About by John Gordon

By John Gordon

What used to be it fairly like for the warriors of two New Zealand department within the moment international 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 developing camp, enjoyable off-duty, combating in antagonistic environments and probably being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private collection of fabric describing the reviews of those males, with the good majority of the gathering written from inside of its ranks. Colloquially recognized to its contributors as 'The Div', it used to be by means of a long way the most important a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this e-book John Gordon offers a full of life and illuminating choice of the broadcast phrases of contributors of 'The Div' or people with shut institutions. the selected extracts are drawn from memoirs, fiction, verse, information reviews 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, growing an...

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An outlet for both the creative and those who wanted to let off steam, it contained short stories, personal observations, jokes and cartoons, and all manner of verse. And it was all published without even a hint of a swear word – a far cry from life on the lines. ‘OFF PARADE’ was also the only opportunity reader/contributors had for public expression. From the outset, the NZEF Times did not provide a section for letters to the editor. Several New Zealand war correspondents were attached to the Division, and though their despatches were factual they were written under a censorship that eliminated material of possible interest to the enemy, and met the government’s wish that war news was painted in a positive light.

I will pass quickly over the farewell parade in the Auckland Domain ... suffice to say, that those camped near Auckland paraded there in the first day or two of January. It was a tiring parade for us, an impressive one for some, and to all I think that the march from the Domain, down Queen Street and into the station was a very moving spectacle. On the march I passed my mother and father, and I saw my lady-love twice. She, like many of the lasses, dodged down a side street to get a second look.

The battalion comprised a thousand or so men who had come into camp of their own free will. They were tough and hard with some bad among the good but they took pride in being the originals, the pathfinders, and as such were prepared to face whatever lay ahead. This attitude of ‘we can take it’ was a characteristic they never lost. 1974, Pathway Among Men Beginnings Arch Sott We enjoyed our initiation into the army at Papakura Camp. They kept us busy – more than just ‘occupied’. At times we even felt we were being hard worked.

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