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Monday Musing - 8th July. The D-Day Dodgers

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Last week as I was doing a little internet browsing and looking for some information on the North Irish Horse (NIH), I came across a term I had never heard before, the D-Day Dodgers.  There seems to be some confusion over where the term originated but the crux was that soldiers in the Italian campaign felt the sacrifices they were making were being overshadowed and undervalued after the Normandy campaign began.  The soldiers even wrote a song about it.  

The lyrics are steeped in sarcasm, as is the term D-Day Dodger, and there seems to be different lyrical variations of the song.  As is my want, I had to buy a book to learn more and ended up purchasing Albert F Darlington’s memoirs of his time in Italy called “The D-Day Dodger”.  Over the weekend I was enthralled with this book and didn’t get a lot of painting accomplished.

Monday Musing - 8th July.  The D-Day Dodgers

This isn’t a history book but the personal account of one soldier.  It is a very “warts and all” account of his youth, trying to join the war from an early age and finally succeeding when he lied about his age and took the “King’s Shilling” at the age of 16.  The book outlines his training, being shipped to North Africa and finishes with how he adapted back into civilian life after the war. The book is harrowing, gritty and I will admit to having tears of sadness in my eyes more than once.  It is also very humorous and even within the same page, tears of sadness would turn to tears of laughter.

The book is also thought provoking, as is the term D-Day Dodger.  At times over the weekend I have wondered if we put certain wars, campaigns and battles on a pedestal, perhaps giving them more historical importance and significance, and hence distorting our own view of history.  Yesterday’s XLBS “Korean War-Gaming With Bolt Action – Yes Please!” also made me think that do games and model ranges contribute to the less popular wars and campaigns being even more forgotten and having less historical significance than they deserve.

Anyway, if you get the chance to read “The D-Day Dodger” by Albert F Darlington, I would recommend it.  It is refreshingly non-politically correct and it reopened my mind to the true actual horrors of war and the suffering that people went through.

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