WARRIORS OF THE WORLD VOLUME 1
About The Songs And The Artist / Composer
This collection of songs identifies with the universal warrior from conflicts gone by, present and those to come. Warriors of whatever colour, creed, gender or nationality remain the same throughout the ages.
They have been known as “GI’s, Ghurkas and Gerrys, Tommies, Tars and Troopies – Canucks, Kiwis and Chindits – Askaris, Blue-Jobs, Diggers and Springbucks – Wacs, Wafs and Wrens. To mention but a few. The list goes on.
They have fought in towns, deserts and jungles. On the tundra, on the sea and on the plains. In the bush, in the mountains and in the air and probably will in space.
There is a special comradeship between them, an unspoken language and a common bond.
Poems and songs have long been sustenance and inspiration for the brave. By these works, spirits have been lifted, courage re-kindled, hardships overcome, marches made shorter, victories chronicled, memories made sweeter, humour re-lived, bad times forgotten and heroes honoured.
May these be no different.
You could say John Edmond’s military career started as a 13 year old school cadet who was one of many that lined the route of field Marshal Smuts’ state funeral in 1950. After school in 1955, he was selected by the Southern Rhodesia Staff Corps to attend Sandhurst Military Academy in England but a bout of malaria shattered this dream and he missed the intake However, he then served with the Royal Rhodesia Regiment from 1956 – 1962. Campaigns included the Congo uprisings in 1960 and the political riots and sabotage in Northern Rhodesia in 1961.
He was recalled by the Rhodesian Army during the terrorist war to serve in an entertainment / morale boosting role from 1973 – 1979. In 1979, he volunteered for the Light Hose Regiment and entertained South African troops in South West Africa and on the Angola border in their fight against Cuban communist forces.
Between 1998 and 2000 – he and his wife Teresa volunteered for the Warmbaths Commando in Limpopo province, South Africa . John served as a pilot in the air wing and Teresa as a spotter. Before the disbanding of the unit they were involved in several successful drug busts and the arrests of armed robbers.
John and Teresa still travel worldwide to entertain ex-service and Rhodesian organizations and have toured the USA , UK Australia, New Zealand , South Africa , Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
1. Flesh And Bone Soldier - Any soldier, sailor or airman, who says he or she was not apprehensive about direct contact with the enemy in a fire fight, dog fight or sea manoeuvre is either not being honest or is a master at hiding fear. Bravery is not necessarily fearlessness but is the strength of character to face danger. All warriors are human. They feel sorrow for the oppressed and fallen, the pain of their wounds or afflictions and fear at the moment of truth in the face of danger.
Remember the toy soldiers you played with as a child - little metal ones, ones you could cut out of cardboard or colour in, or ones carved out of wood?
Unlike a flesh and bone soldier – they felt no sorrow at the loss of a comrade, they felt no pain when wounded or burnt and they never experienced fear at the sharp-end of combat.
2. Old Warrior - Imagine a man who fought for the Boers against the British in the Boer War. Then negotiated peace, was a member of the Imperial war cabinet in World War 1, helped found the League of Nations Covenant in 1919, became the Prime minister of a country, was a senior Field Marshal for the Allies in World War 11 and helped found the United Nations Organization in 1944. There was such a man - he was Jan Christian Smuts, one of many typical old warriors.
3. Goodbye Not Goodnight - A farewell at an airport, train station or dockside is an emotional affair. Military departures of troopships were probably the most poignant because of the number of people involved and the slow speed of departure of the ship slowly pulling away from the jetty. Some farewells are said at dinner tables and parting is just as painful. At the last supper Jesus, our Lord and Saviour prepared his disciples for his physical departure – that was the most dramatic farewell of them all.
4. Wheelchair Warrior - The injuries inflicted in war are often carried for life. Blindness, deafness, loss of limbs para and quadriplegia.. These wounded warriors or “Crippled Eagles”, as they were once referred to, seem to have a gift of dismissing self-pity. Their grit, determination, happiness of spirit and sacrifice are to be admired by those more fortunate.
5. For You Bob - It is without a doubt a fact that the bond created between people when facing adversity together is the strongest of all. Whether it be a sports team, a shipwreck, miners at a coal face emergency, a city under siege, people thrown together by a natural disaster or a military campaign, the bond seems greater. To lose a comrade is as if to lose part of one’s self. It happens in every theatre of war and in many different ways; in battle, in accidents, from disease, in captivity, through exposure, exhaustion, torture and even from friendly fire. The result is the same.
6. Roger Was A Mine Dog - Animals have historically always been used in warfare. In the past horses, mules, oxen, carrier pigeons and to this day dogs. Among other things man’s best friend is used for tracking, guard duties and detecting anti personnel mines. Their exceptional power, endurance, senses and courage are superior to those of mankind.
7. Pick Yourself Up - Fighting spirit and determination is often nurtured during one’s upbringing. It is influenced by parents, teachers, sports coaches and even pastors. A word of encouragement or an adage from the past may be just what is needed to prevent a wounded soldier from succumbing to death.
8. Forgotten Soldier - To those serving, there is nothing better to boost morale like leave-R and R (Rest and Recuperation) but a letter or photograph from a loved one can do wonders for the soul. Often home is far from the barracks, the front line or the country in which one is serving and to get home is usually a mission in itself. The photograph and the letter from home, carried in the pocket, crumpled from being looked at over and over is probably the greatest inspiration of them all.
9. Marching With The Diggers - The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) contributed much to world conflicts over the last century and these nations still do today. Not only do they honour their fallen comrades on Armistice Day each year but they salute the heroic 8 month stand made by their armies on the Gallipoli peninsula in WW I. On 25 April each year; the date they landed on ANZAC beach in 1915, this tribute takes the form of marches by troops, bands, and sons and daughters of servicemen, through the towns and cities of Australia and New Zealand . What an honour to march with them.
10. When The Leaf Is On The Tree - Military decisions are taken after many aspects are discussed. The weather and seasons played enormous roles in many famous campaigns. Both Hitler and Napoleon made mistakes season and weather-wise when they attacked Russia . Weather was considered before Dunkirk and Normandy . Terrorists and insurgents are no exception. Infiltration is best done at a time and place when there is cover of leaf foliage, and long grass, water in rivers and crops on the lands.
11. Daisy - The Belgian made FN rifle (Fabrique Nationale) or self loading rifle was the post WW 2 forerunner of automatic weapons supplied to European and commonwealth troops. It was a breakthrough for enhanced fire-power for infantry in modern day warfare. During initial training of a soldier, the importance, safety and care of a weapon is foremost. Your rifle is your wife. You take her everywhere, you never let her out of your sight, never lend her out, you sleep with her and if you care for her with your life she will never let you down.
12. Sergeant Guy - Little boys usually hero-worship their fathers. They love to don pieces of uniform, carry toy guns and mimic everything military. This was true of Guy Taylor who was passionate and proud of his father and could not wait for his return from the front.
13. A Soldier’s Dream - When on active service, army service persons miss the comforts of life, the good times, loved ones and home. This is the story of a typical fantasy dream that many combatants may have had – or a similar one.
14. I Grew Up On Your Music - Commentaries on wars have been documented not only by photographs and film but by poets (in the days before modern recording), artists that sang and performed for the troops, and by songwriters that wrote about war. The poems, performed songs and films live on in the hearts and minds of service men and women and civilians alike. At one time or another in one’s life there is an image or song about a war remaining in the far corners of the mind. These images and sounds live on forever.
15. The Penhalonga Piper - The fighting spirit of this retired Scottish soldier remains with him even in civilian life. His instincts spring into action when he is attacked on his farm. The old Scottish motto “Nemo me impune lacessit” (No one will touch me with impunity) applies.
16. Dad’s Army - In most countries that are at war, provision is made to protect the fatherland while their armies are away. Home guards were formed in many countries and were often made up of older ex-servicemen who had served in previous wars. They served as military escorts, air raid wardens, anti aircraft gunners, medics and guards of suburbs and strategic installations. Some even returned to the front line and were affectingly known as “Dads Army”.
17. Keep Your Head Down - Before the advent of advanced technology of television, cell phones, the internet and such, radio programs were beamed to military bases in the field. During WW 2 the enemy beamed radio programs to Allied countries in an attempt to undermine the morale of the people. Radio request programmes were indeed a powerful medium for the upliftment of the mood of the people and the morale of troops in the field.
18. Armistice Day - The 11 th November 1918 marked the armistice between the Allies and Germany after WW1. In spite of WW 2 and other wars since WW 1, this date has been kept as a hallowed time to honour the fallen in all wars. War memorials have been erected, cemeteries preserved, battlefields re-visited, and annual church services and parades are held in solemn commemoration of fallen comrades. In foreign lands where there are no memorials, no church facilities and oblivion by new regimes about the past, the fallen are still remembered by the faithful. The day is also known as Poppy Day. In 1915, Canadian field surgeon Major John Mc Rae wrote a famous poem about poppies growing among war graves called “In Flanders fields”. In 1918 American Moira Michael wrote a poem in reply and vowed to wear a poppy every year on that day. In 1918 French YMCA secretary Madam Guerin conceived the day of selling silk poppies to raise funds for those incapacitated by war.
Alouette – French Military Helicopter
Biscuit Tin – Landmine
Bundu – In the field
Chopper – Helicopter
Dak – Dakota Aircraft
Fireforce – Troops deployed by helicopter
FN – Self loading rifle
Hunter – Hawker Hunter Aircraft
Pork Pie Hat – Jungle Hat
Penhalonga – District in Rhodesia
RL – British Bedford Truck
Shotgun Rider – Armed escort
Flesh And Bone Soldier (J. Edmond)
Old Warrior (J. Edmond)
Goodbye Not Goodnight (J. Edmond/H. Bush)
Wheelchair Warrior (J. Edmond)
For You Bob (J. Edmond)
Roger Was A Mine Dog (J. Edmond)
Pick Yourself Up (J. Edmond)
Forgotten Soldier (J. Edmond)
Marching With The Diggers (J. Edmond)
When The Leaf Is On The Tree.(J. Edmond)
Daisy (J. Edmond)
Sergeant Guy ( S. Edmond / J. Edmond)
Soldier’s Dream (J. Edmond)
I Grew Up On Your Music (J. Edmond)
The Penhalonga Piper (J. Edmond)
Dad’s Army (J. Edmond)
Keep Your Head Down (J. Edmond)
Armistice Day (J. Edmond)