ITALY STAR CAMPAIGN VETERANS 1943-45

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THE D-DAY DODGERS SONG

The D-Day Dodgers is a term for those Allied servicemen who fought in Italy during the Second World War, which also inspired a popular wartime soldier's song.
A rumour spread during the war that the term was publicized by Viscount Astor, a member of the British Parliament, who supposedly used the expression in public after a disillusioned serviceman in Italy signed a letter to her as being from a " D-Day Dodger." However, there is no record that she actually said this, in or out of Parliament, and she herself denied ever saying it.

Reference to a " D-Day Dodger" was bitingly sarcastic, given the steady stream of allied service personnel who were being killed or wounded in combat on the Italian front. A "Dodger" is someone who avoids something; the soldiers in Italy felt that their sacrifices were being ignored after the invasion of Normandy , and a "D-Day Dodger" was thus a reference to someone who was somehow avoiding real combat. The British Eigth Army was a veteran formation from that theatre before landing in Italy.

Several versions of a song called "D-Day Dodgers", set to the tune Lili Marlene, a favourite song of all troops in the desert were sung with gusto in the last months of the war, and at post-war reunions.
There were many variations on verses and even the chorus, but the song generally and sarcastically referred to how easy their life in Italy was. There was no mention of Lady Astor in the original lyrics.] Actually, many Allied personnel in Italy had reason to be bitter, as the bulk of material support for the Allied armies went to Northwest Europe after the invasion of Normandy. They also noted sardonically that they had participated in several "D-days" of their own before the landings in Normandy became popularly known as "D-Day". The expression was used to refer to any military operation, but the popular press turned it into an expression synonymous with the Normandy landings only. Italian campaign veterans noted that they had been in action for eleven months before the Normandy D-Day, and some of those had served in North Africa even before that.
The numerous Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries across Italy are compelling evidence of the fighting which took place during campaigns such as Operation Avalanche and the subsequent Battle of Monte Cassino.

D-Day Song: Another version is:

We are the D-Day Dodgers out in Italy
Drinking all the vino, always on a spree
8th Army skivers and the Yanks
We live in Rome to avoid the tanks
For we're the D-Day Dodgers in Sunny Italy

We landed at Salareno, a holiday with pay
Jerry bought his bands down to cheer us on our way
We all sang songs and the beer was free
We kissed all the girls in Napoli
For we're the D-Day Dodgers way out in Italy

Anzio and Cassino were taken in our stride
We didn't go to fight there, we just went for the ride
And the Sangro was all forlorn
We didn't do a think from dusk to dawn
For we're the D-Day Dodgers way out in Italy

Once we had a blue light, we were going home
Back to dear old Blighty, never more to roam
Then someone whistered in France you'll fight
We said 'Oh No, we'll all sit tight'
You windy D-Day Dodgers way out in Italy

When we went to Florence we had a lovely time
They ran a bus to Rimini 'thru the Gothic Line
Then to Bologna we will go
When Jerry's gone across the Po
For we're the D-Day Dodgers way out in Italy

Oh Lady Astor, listen please to us
Don't stand on a platform making a lot of fuss
You are our sweetheart, the Forces Pride
Your only fault, your mouth's too wide
That's from the D-Day Dodgers out in Italy

Walk around the mountains, in the mist and rain
You'll find those scattered crosses. some of which bear no name
Heartbreak and toil and suffering gone
The Boys beneath, they slumber on
They were the D-Day Dodgers, left out in Italy! 

 

 

 

 

We are the D-Day Dodgers out in Italy
Drinking all the vino, always on a spree
8th Army skivers out in their tanks
We go to war in ties, like swanks
We are the D-Day Dodgers in Sunny Italy

We landed at Salareno, a holiday with pay
Jerry bought his bands down to cheer us on our way
Showed us the sights and gave us tea,
We sang all the songs and the beer was free
We are the D-Day Dodgers, the lads that D-Day dodged

Palermo and Cassino were taken in our stride
We didn't go to fight there, we just went for the ride
Anzio and the Sangro are just names
We only went there for the dames
For we're the D-Day Dodgers out in Italy

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 then went bathing in the River Po
For we are the D-Day Dodgers, the lads that D-Day dodged

We hear the boys in France are going home on leave,
After six months service, such a shame they're not relieved,
And we are told to carry on, for just a few more years,
Because our wives don't shed their tears,
We are the D-Day Dodgers, in sunny Italy

Once we had the 'Blue Light' that we were going home,
Back to dearl Blighty, never more to roam,
The someone whistered, "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.

Dear Lady Astor, you think you know a lot
Standing on a platform, just 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

Look around the mountains, through the mist and rain
See the scattered crosses. some that bear no name
Heartbreak and toil, suffering gone
The lads beneath, they slumber on
They are the D-Day Dodgers, who'll stay in Italy
For we are the D-Day Dodgers, the lads that D-Day dodged. 

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