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

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 battle, to constructing camp, stress-free off-duty, struggling with in adversarial environments and doubtless being taken prisoner? This anthology is a private choice of fabric describing the studies of those males, with the nice majority of the gathering written from inside its ranks. Colloquially identified to its individuals as 'The Div', it was once through a ways the main a part of New Zealand's moment Expeditionary strength. during this booklet John Gordon offers 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 stories and journal articles penned via squaddies of all ranks. the result's a compilation of the written perspectives and stories of over eighty insiders, growing an...

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The rest represent all the ranks in between, and the Division’s various arms: infantry, sappers, gunners, drivers, medical, armour, chaplaincy. There is also fiction, created from the real experiences of authors like Guthrie Wilson and Dan Davin. They and the writers of many memoirs also capture the speech patterns of the time: ‘soldier lingo’ that grew out of street Arabic, rural Italian and abbreviated Army and collided with the slang and idiom of home. For translation, the two-part glossary should be a help.

I certainly tried. Please feel free to contact me through the publisher. The other major source is the NZEF Times. I am very grateful to the New Zealand Defence Force for allowing the inclusion of a marvellous range of material from the Division’s weekly newspaper. Work on A Job to Do began well over a decade ago and has finally emerged, thanks to Exisle and their New Zealand publisher, Ian Watt. In researching and compiling the book – words, cartoons, sketches and photos – I want to acknowledge the assistance of several institutions and their always helpful staff: the National Library, the Alexander Turnbull Library, the Hocken Collections – Te Uare o Hakena, the Research Collection of Dunedin Public Libraries, Invercargill City Libraries and Southland District Council Libraries.

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