On a still night in the trenches, the smell of cigars and beer wafts over from the German trenches to the Australian trenches, followed by the singing of romantic love songs. The Australian soldiers respond with a parody of the song, and the Germans, entering into the spirit of the occasion, reward them by lobbing a 'Stink Bomb' into their trench.
Having discovered a cellar of champagne, an Aussie digger drinks his fill then leaves with a bottle in each hand. He is just in time to see a German soldier also leaving, and the bottles become his weapon of apprehension.
The Race,1965single work short story war literature
Describes how a Chinese labour battalion was caught between the German and Australian trenches when the Germans began shelling.
A Commanding Officer allows a soldier leave to sort out marriage difficulties back home. Upon the soldier's return, the Officer receives word that the soldier's wife and another man have been murdered. The Officer takes advantage of incoming fatalities to allow the soldier to change identity.
A French farmer agrees that an Australian soldier can have all the windfall pears from his tree in exchange for some small jobs around the farm. The soldier finds a sneaky way of increasing the amount of windfalls.
An Australian soldier driving a truck along a slippery road in fog at night is impatient with a silent woman standing in the middle of the road refusing to move. It is not until he goes up to speak to her that he realises someone has placed a stone angel statue in the middle of the road.
Awoken by a Padre, a fatigued soldier is reluctant to attend a church service and suggests a coin-toss to decide the matter. The Padre, aware of the soldier's sleight of hand, tosses and wins. The soldier is glad he lost the toss though when, during the service, a German bomb destroys the area where he had been sleeping.
A tall story about 400 Brisbane Diggers on Shore Leave who all return to their ship well past their 10pm curfew. The next morning, 399 men give their commanding officer the same excuse. When it comes to the 400th, the officer thinks he knows what is coming, but, to his chagrin, he is wrong.
A Digger from Brisbane is in conversation with a German soldier across the wastes of No Man's Land. It transpires that the German spent time in Brisbane before the war, and had an affair with a married woman whom he wishes to contact again. The Aussie soldier is unimpressed when he reads his own address on the note tossed across.
An Irish farmer serving as a soldier in France receives a letter from his wife bemoaning that she will have to dig the land on her own to plant their potatoes. He devises a way to have the military unwittingly do the job for her.