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For a sideshow it ground a serious amount of meat!
We are the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in Italy,
Always on the vino,
Always on the spree.
Eighth Army skivers and their tanks,
We go to war in ties like swanks.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
In sunny Italy.
2. We landed at Salerno,
A holiday with pay.
Jerry brought his bands out
To cheer us on his way,
Showed us the sights and gave us tea,
We all sang songs, the beer was free.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
3. Palermo and Cassino
Were taken in our stride,
We did not go to fight there,
We just went for the ride.
Anzio and Sangro are just names,
We only went to look for dames,
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
In sunny Italy.
4. On our way to Florence,
We had a lovely time,
We drove a bus from Rimini,
Right through the Gothic Line,
Then to Bologna we did go,
And went bathing in the River Po,
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
5. We hear the boys in France
Are going home on leave,
After six months service
Such a shame they're not relieved.
And we're told to carry on a few more years,
Because our wives don't shed no tears.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in sunny Italy.
6. Once we had a "blue light"
That we were going home,
Back to dear old Blighty,
Never more to roam.
Then someone whispered: 'In France we'll fight,'
We said: 'Not that, we'll just sit tight,'
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
7. Dear Lady Astor,
You think you know alot,
Standing on a platform
And talking tommy rot.
Dear England's sweetheart and her pride,
We think your mouth is much too wide
From the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in sunny Italy.
8. Look around the hillsides,
Through the mist and rain,
See the scattered crosses,
Some that bear no name.
Heartbreak and toil and suffering gone,
The lads beneath, they slumber on.
They are the D-Day Dodgers,
Who'll stay in Italy.
Alan Whicker despised Astor for her slur on the blokes in Italy.
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
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I'll have to research the italian colours for the Schwimmwagen, I've also committed myself to a GB over on brexitmod, I don't think I can stretch this Arado float plane to the D DAY Dodgers operation, but I'll share it on Arrse anyway.
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One of my all time favourite kits, superb Roy Cross box art with the Arado fighting it out with a Stringbag!
 
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Alan Whicker despised Astor for her slur on the blokes in Italy.


Apparently she denied saying it, but of course the stuck up cow would, woudn't she. There's several lines in films slating her, the one that jumps to mind is Burt Lancaster as Top Kick Warden in from here to Eternity "and here's you stuck up like lady Astor on her high horse" Not a well liked person in her time.
 
We are the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in Italy,
Always on the vino,
Always on the spree.
Eighth Army skivers and their tanks,
We go to war in ties like swanks.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
In sunny Italy.
2. We landed at Salerno,
A holiday with pay.
Jerry brought his bands out
To cheer us on his way,
Showed us the sights and gave us tea,
We all sang songs, the beer was free.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
3. Palermo and Cassino
Were taken in our stride,
We did not go to fight there,
We just went for the ride.
Anzio and Sangro are just names,
We only went to look for dames,
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
In sunny Italy.
4. On our way to Florence,
We had a lovely time,
We drove a bus from Rimini,
Right through the Gothic Line,
Then to Bologna we did go,
And went bathing in the River Po,
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
5. We hear the boys in France
Are going home on leave,
After six months service
Such a shame they're not relieved.
And we're told to carry on a few more years,
Because our wives don't shed no tears.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in sunny Italy.
6. Once we had a "blue light"
That we were going home,
Back to dear old Blighty,
Never more to roam.
Then someone whispered: 'In France we'll fight,'
We said: 'Not that, we'll just sit tight,'
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
7. Dear Lady Astor,
You think you know alot,
Standing on a platform
And talking tommy rot.
Dear England's sweetheart and her pride,
We think your mouth is much too wide
From the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in sunny Italy.
8. Look around the hillsides,
Through the mist and rain,
See the scattered crosses,
Some that bear no name.
Heartbreak and toil and suffering gone,
The lads beneath, they slumber on.
They are the D-Day Dodgers,
Who'll stay in Italy.
Alan Whicker despised Astor for her slur on the blokes in Italy.

 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer

QRK2

LE
In no particular order, the Gustav Line, the Gothic Line, the Caesar Line, the Hitler/Senger Line, the Bernhardt Line and the Winter Line might have disproved that statement somewhat!

One might even say more like a tough old gut? :)
 
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QRK2

LE
We are the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in Italy,
Always on the vino,
Always on the spree.
Eighth Army skivers and their tanks,
We go to war in ties like swanks.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
In sunny Italy.
2. We landed at Salerno,
A holiday with pay.
Jerry brought his bands out
To cheer us on his way,
Showed us the sights and gave us tea,
We all sang songs, the beer was free.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
3. Palermo and Cassino
Were taken in our stride,
We did not go to fight there,
We just went for the ride.
Anzio and Sangro are just names,
We only went to look for dames,
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
In sunny Italy.
4. On our way to Florence,
We had a lovely time,
We drove a bus from Rimini,
Right through the Gothic Line,
Then to Bologna we did go,
And went bathing in the River Po,
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
5. We hear the boys in France
Are going home on leave,
After six months service
Such a shame they're not relieved.
And we're told to carry on a few more years,
Because our wives don't shed no tears.
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in sunny Italy.
6. Once we had a "blue light"
That we were going home,
Back to dear old Blighty,
Never more to roam.
Then someone whispered: 'In France we'll fight,'
We said: 'Not that, we'll just sit tight,'
For we are the D-Day Dodgers,
The lads that D-Day dodged.
7. Dear Lady Astor,
You think you know alot,
Standing on a platform
And talking tommy rot.
Dear England's sweetheart and her pride,
We think your mouth is much too wide
From the D-Day Dodgers,
Out in sunny Italy.
8. Look around the hillsides,
Through the mist and rain,
See the scattered crosses,
Some that bear no name.
Heartbreak and toil and suffering gone,
The lads beneath, they slumber on.
They are the D-Day Dodgers,
Who'll stay in Italy.
Alan Whicker despised Astor for her slur on the blokes in Italy.

I recall hearing Dennis Healey breaking down whish trying to sing part of that on the wireless, possibly on Desert Island Disks.

ETA: Obviously not DIDs but:

 
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Smeggers

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In no particular order, the Gustav Line, the Gothic Line, the Caesar Line, the Hitler/Senger Line, the Bernhardt Line and the Winter Line might have disproved that statement somewhat!
I quite agree. Enough allied troops lost their lives in Italy that Churchill had to acknowledge how hard a struggle it was. It's easy defeating a demoralised army on neutral ground, but when your defending your own country, state, town or village - it's a different matter. Churchill was famous for his WW2 Gaffes including his opinion of the Andrew, "Nothing but Rum, Sodomy and the Lash". (Excellent CD by The Pogues though).
 
that's so good I half expected to see the plane rise and fall with the waves
I had a quick sniff around and you can use the Arado on this build.
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NSP

LE
I quite agree. Enough allied troops lost their lives in Italy that Churchill had to acknowledge how hard a struggle it was. It's easy defeating a demoralised army on neutral ground, but when your defending your own country, state, town or village - it's a different matter. Churchill was famous for his WW2 Gaffes including his opinion of the Andrew, "Nothing but Rum, Sodomy and the Lash". (Excellent CD by The Pogues though).
Not helped by the appointment of Clark - green and a bit of a glory hunter: he was supposed to wheel right and get stuck into the Gustav Line from the rear to force an opening the ground-down frontal assaulters could finally exploit and push through. Instead, disobeying direct orders, he wheeled left and headed north to "take" Rome for a bit of prestige. I say "take" in inverted commas because enemy combatants had long since bugged out, recognising that there was no strategic advantage to be gained from trying to hold the city. It would just be a collossal waste of trained men and expensive materiel that could be (and was) better employed in the mountains to the north.
 
Not helped by the appointment of Clark - green and a bit of a glory hunter: he was supposed to wheel right and get stuck into the Gustav Line from the rear to force an opening the ground-down frontal assaulters could finally exploit and push through. Instead, disobeying direct orders, he wheeled left and headed north to "take" Rome for a bit of prestige. I say "take" in inverted commas because enemy combatants had long since bugged out, recognising that there was no strategic advantage to be gained from trying to hold the city. It would just be a collossal waste of trained men and expensive materiel that could be (and was) better employed in the mountains to the north.
Not wrong there, Clark was an Egotistical twot of the 1st grade! His ego caused the deaths of a lot of Allied troops trying to break the Gustav Line.
And he got away we just a monumental bollocking!!
 

NSP

LE
Not wrong there, Clark was an Egotistical twot of the 1st grade! His ego caused the deaths of a lot of Allied troops trying to break the Gustav Line.
And he got away we just a monumental bollocking!!
That's the most galling part - the slap on the wrist.

I'm a bit vague on this part but I've a notion that Clark replaced a sacked Patton for the Salerno assault - having been promoted over Patton, who had a good decade in both age and higher command experience than Clark. Struggling to recall - Patton was either sacked from the Italian fracas or recalled for D-Day. Although there's a tickle there that Patton was back-squadded at the last moment from D-Day for pissing Ike off/being overly gobby and a bit big-timing...? Obviously, Patton was involved in the northern Europe campaign because he was in charge of part of the line when Market Garden kicked off (prompting several acidic quotes) and the Ardennes/Bulge ugliness - but how he got there I've forgotten the detail of.
 
That's the most galling part - the slap on the wrist.

I'm a bit vague on this part but I've a notion that Clark replaced a sacked Patton for the Salerno assault - having been promoted over Patton, who had a good decade in both age and higher command experience than Clark. Struggling to recall - Patton was either sacked from the Italian fracas or recalled for D-Day. Although there's a tickle there that Patton was back-squadded at the last moment from D-Day for pissing Ike off/being overly gobby and a bit big-timing...? Obviously, Patton was involved in the northern Europe campaign because he was in charge of part of the line when Market Garden kicked off (prompting several acidic quotes) and the Ardennes/Bulge ugliness - but how he got there I've forgotten the detail of.
You’ll have to swat up via Google
 

Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
Not helped by the appointment of Clark - green and a bit of a glory hunter: he was supposed to wheel right and get stuck into the Gustav Line from the rear to force an opening the ground-down frontal assaulters could finally exploit and push through. Instead, disobeying direct orders, he wheeled left and headed north to "take" Rome for a bit of prestige. I say "take" in inverted commas because enemy combatants had long since bugged out, recognising that there was no strategic advantage to be gained from trying to hold the city. It would just be a collossal waste of trained men and expensive materiel that could be (and was) better employed in the mountains to the north.
Not wrong there, Clark was an Egotistical twot of the 1st grade! His ego caused the deaths of a lot of Allied troops trying to break the Gustav Line.
And he got away we just a monumental bollocking!!
Alan Whicker was excoriating during one of the last documentaries he made.

Normally the perfect gent, he had nothing good for Clark.
 

NSP

LE
You’ll have to swat up via Google
I prefer to lose myself in a good book. Admittedly, where Anthony Beavor's concerned, this can take some time but - well - nonetheless...

That said, a good documentary will suffice, too.
 

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