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WW1 Digger History Podcast

WWI Digger Stories Podcast reproduces the diaires, memoirs and letters of the real participants in the war that changed the course of the 20th Century. What was it like to be in the trenches, on the ships or behind the big guns where death stalked in infinite ways and it was impossible to make friends unless you were prepared to lose tham at any moment.

This podcast is formatted with each diairy or memoir forming a series, usually taking the listener through the war from beginning to end, from raw recruit to returning veteran, as it was experienced by the soldier and in his (or her, when I include Nurses stories) own words.

May 31, 2016

Len takes us through the dismal winter of 1916-1917 at Ypres and on the Somme, in this episode which I almost called A for ANZAC. Find out why.

We experience the death of the well loved Colonel Howell-Price, amongst other men.

Joe Weger and his mates take prisoners in a trench raid on Hill 60 and Len describes action at...

May 8, 2016

In this episode Len takes us back to the Somme in front of Pozieres at Moquet Farm. We also meet a couple of Germans. A very amusing little Saxon bloke and a possiblr spy. Len ends up at Ypres in Belgium.

My apologies about the variable sound quality in this episode. I had problems with my old laptop!

Episode 1.6 Definitions

May 6, 2016

‘Loots’ means Lieutenants. On this, I have been pronouncing this word with the traditional English “left” beginning, I suspect the American “loo” beginning was already being used by many. It certainly is the common version used in Australia today.

‘outback’ here means the rear areas behind the combat...

Episode 1.5 Definitions

May 6, 2016

‘Froggies’ is slang for French.

PMG means Post Master General, or a ‘telco’ in modern parlance;

KIA means killed in action.

A ‘bar to his MM’ or a ‘bar’ means he has one that medal twice. ‘Two bars’ is three times.

‘Cleaned the mob up at nap’ is unknown to me.

Après la Bataille’ is a poem by...

Episode 1.4 Definitions

May 6, 2016

Mob’ means group.

A ‘Salvo’ is a round from an artillery battery

5.9s, 75s etcetera are various artillery shells. These are commonly known by the calibre with a few exceptions like the ‘whizz-bang’ and ‘coal box’.

‘Cherio’ means goodbye (like ‘hooroo’).

‘Strafed’ means to get a dressing down...