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"The D-Day Dodgers"

sung to the tune "Lili Marlene"

We're the D-day Dodgers out in Italy,
Always on the vino and always on the spree,
8th Army scroungers and their tanks,
We live in Rome among the Yanks,
We are the D-Day Dodgers, in sunny Italy.

We landed at Salerno, holidays with pay,
Jerry brought his band out to cheer us on our way,
Showed us sights and made us tea,
We all sang songs and beer was free,
To welcome D-Day Dodgers to sunny Italy

Naples and Cassino were taken in our stride,
We didn't come to fight there. We just came for the ride.
Anzio and Sangro were just names,
We only came to look for dames,
The randy D-Day Dodgers in sunny Italy.

On the way to Florence we had a lovely time,
We ran a bus to Rimini right through the Gothic Line,
Soon to Bologna we will go,
And after that we'll cross the Po.
We'll still be the D-Day Dodgers in sunny Italy.

Once we heared a rumour we were going home,
Back to dear old Blighty, never more to roam,
Then someone said, "In France you'll fight",
We said "No fear, we'll just sit tight,
The windy D-Day Dodgers in sunny Italy."

Dear Lady Astor, you think you know a lot,
Standing on your platform talking tommy rot,
You - England's sweetheart bride -
We think your mouth's too bleeding wide,
That's from the D-Day Dodgers in sunny Italy.

Look across the mountains in the mud and rain,
See the rows of crosses some without no name,
Heartbreak and toil and suffering gone:
The Boys Beneath Just Slumber On,
They were the D-Day Dodgers who stayed in Italy.

"The D-Day Dodgers" was found anew in "Battleaxe Division: From Africa to Italy with the 78th Division 1942-45", by Ken Ford (Sutton Publishing, England, 1999). The UK 78th Division and the US 34th Infantry Division landed together on the beaches of Algiers at 0100 hours, 8 November 1942.

This poem/song was forwarded by Harry Murgatroyd, 2nd Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers. He served with BETFOR (British Element Trieste Force) alongside TRUST (Trieste United States Troops) on the Morgan Line, keeping the peace(?) between Italy and Yugoslavia until 1954. Thank you, Harry!

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