The Anzac Book

The Anzac Book

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... m'sieu," he said with a most engaging smile, belied a little by his evident nervousness. " Jay nong compree I " Whereupon our sapper called one of his confreres across, and they held a violent gesticulatory conference, with many pointings all about the country and towards my now thoroughly alarmed and perspiring friend. Presently the two Frenchmen advanced, and, taking the shovel, one of them proceeded to draw strange lines on the ground. My friend thought it was a duelling-ground they were marking out, and was for going off post haste to seek the protection of our Sergeant. Then I had a brain-wave and restrained him. It was as I suspected. Our inoffensive sapper was merely trying politely to explain to my thick-headed friend that he was digging his ditch a mere matter of five feet in the wrong direction.' When finally he grasped the situation my friend was profusely apologetic. == == Our " ditching " now swings serenely on, with occasional hasty side-trips to the nearest likely-looking house for coffee or milk, with, all the time, a hunted feeling that the watchful eyes of our seemingly multitudinous overseers are boring into our very backs. Even when we do reach the house of refreshment our presence therein is prolonged by a still greater language diffieulty. Madame cannot speak English; neither can she speak French. What she does speak is called "Flemish." Generally, it seems to be spoken with a hot potato and a couple of pebbles in the mouth, and there appears to be a continual struggle in which the potato and the pebbles and the epiglottis are all concerned. Even some of the Belgians themselves speak of their language with bated breath. To our inexperienced New Zealander, meeting...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859731
  • 9781236859730