Even if I don’t understand every word… Mike conveys the message.
I was ‘arguing the toss’ with Private Jenkinson
A ‘badmash’ who would not ‘muck in’
The camaraderie of a ‘fair whack’
Simply caused him to grin a foolish grin
And cause a great commotion
Debating who would get to use the ‘dixie’
And fry the ‘bully beef’ and ‘barkers’ up
Yet scoffing it would prove risky
For no sooner had we calmed down
The smell of ‘pear drops’ filled the air
So it was grab the ‘thingumyjig’ mask
And say a little prayer
For no one wants to ‘cop it’
In a ‘cubby hole’ wet and dank
Rather a ‘gasper’ and a ‘lucifer’
It’s the same for any rank
Then the cry ‘over the top’ came
From a ‘brass hat’ of poshest voice
No time for ‘poodlefakers’
No time to think of choice
It was clearly ‘zero hour’
We are to tackle the ‘Squareheads’
Best get to it; our duty
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Up until 1937, the 20 Burma Rifles were a regiment within the Indian Army. It was then later made part of a separate Burma Army. Being as the country was considered by most to be “backwater” and unlikely to be included in any war, this army was still in its infancy as 1941 evolved.
On the Netherland East Indies (NEI), known today as Indonesia, had the Royal Netherland East Indies forces for defense, but they were literally cut off from their government due to the actions of Hitler in Europe. This military was no match for the highly trained Japanese invaders and after being under the thumb of the Dutch for so long, the civilians welcomed a change. Their minds were quickly snapped into reality as the Japanese proceeded to drain their resources and dissolve any personal freedoms they…
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Another gem post from Elinor Florence.
Little known facts about WWII
A while ago I shared some advice on how to survive an air raid and another post on what dangers you should watch out for in the aftermath. I’m pleased to let you all know that so far none of my readers have had the opportunity to use any of the advice.
However one reader did ask about the availability of cheesecloth so they could air raid proof their windows. The good news is that air-raid preparation products such as cheesecloth are readily available on TradeMe.
The source of my advice on air raid safety was my original 1943 copy of the NZ Civil Defence Wardens’ Handbook. I thought I’d return to this invaluable resource once again, this time to look for advice on what to do in the event of a full-scale enemy invasion…
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East and West Part 4
Although the April 1940 fiasco in Norway was Churchill’s responsibility as the First Lord of the Admiralty, Chamberlain paid the political price. Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of Great Britain and her Empire, yet he remained dismissive of Japan, her own power, and wanted nothing less than an all-out war with Germany.
The book, The Great Betrayal: Britain, Australia & the Onset of the Pacific War 1939-42, by David Day, explains the problems in detail that faced Australia, the ambitions of Menzies and the danger both New Zealand and Australia teetered on during this period far better than I can in my limited space.
As the date for Japan’s ‘Operation Z’ to commence crept ever closer, Australia’s obligation of compliance with British imperatives, left the country with no aircraft capable of…
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5th part on FDR and what he knew
My dad’s oldest brother, Uncle Yutaka, in the back row, center. He is posing with the Block kitchen crew at the Minidoka, Idaho “War Relocation Center”, circa 1944. Notice their living quarters behind them. They lived in plywood barracks covered only with tar paper. There was no plumbing nor toilets installed. Photo courtesy of my stateside cousin, Janice (Kanemoto) Hew.
So you likely see from reading Parts 1 through 4 of “What Did FDR Know” that Japan really never had a chance… A chance to win WWII.
Their chances were nearly nil largely due to the US breaking two key Japanese codes. One was JN-25, the code used by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The other, as we’ve read, was “Purple”, the secret cipher used by the Japanese diplomats. Simply put, we knew exactly what they were doing as well as what they were going to do in all aspects.
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Post No. 3 of East and West…
If Manchuria was controlled, the Japanese felt they would have the advantage over Russia. Since the Chiang Nationalist government did wish to spend the money or the energy to combat Japan – but – still have communism squelched in the country, Manchuria was given up.
When the US started economic sanctions in 1939, Japan required new territories to supply their resources. They issued a request to the French for permission to enter Indo-China. In September 1940, the Vichy government agreed. The southeast portion of Asia was occupied, without incident, by the Japanese on 27-29 July 1941.
The US was incensed and proceeded to convince other countries to freeze Japan’s assets; the ABCD, (American, British, Canada, Dutch), power’s economic blockade began. By mid-1941, relations between Japan and the ABCD countries had basically reached a point of no return. The New York Times newspaper…
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Post No. 2 of East and West…
Caption correction of the shout is courtesy of Mustang Koji who can be found HERE!!
Click photo to read caption.
On 18 February 1931, the League of Nations, with America in the lead, issued the “Nonrecognition Doctrine” which pushed Japan’s anger even further. [ to read what is also known as the Stimson Doctrine – click HERE!! US Ambassador Joseph Grew in Tokyo persisted in his warnings against this action. But, even the in-coming president [FDR] and Secretary of State, Cornell Hull argued for the status quo.
In 1936, FDR and his drive for naval appropriations caused 50,000 veterans to stage a March for Peace in front of the White House. Children were organized under a banner of “Money for schools, not battleships.” Privately, FDR raged about isolationists and pacifists as early as…
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A new series of posts from gpcox…
There are centuries of information on this subject, but I’ve done my best to shorten the data, and maintain the gist of affairs as they occurred:
Japan’s involvement with the West began early in the 16th century. The Western missionaries and the contrasting firearms trading caused a disruption of the feudal lord system. Later on, Dutch trading at Nagasaki became an avenue of scientific and political knowledge. After which, the US naval mission and “Black Ships” of Commodore Matthew Perry in the mid-1800s basically forced Japan to open its doors.
By the end of the 19th century, the views of the Asian world by the Anglos were of “Manifest Destiny” (global supremacy). The British Union Jack flew over nearly one-third of the planet and the US wanted in. But, after teaching the island nation how to conquer territory, the…
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