I refer again to the three swaddies
, squaddies or swatties (see the book Fubar by Gordon L Rottman).
"The 51st Highland Division's Farewell to Sicily" hauntingly rhymes the word eerie and the refrain "Puir bliddy swaddies
are wearie." Henderson and MacLean served in Africa during World War II, and both turned their experiences into poetry.
The three 'squaddies', not 'swaddies
' as described by Mr Eggerton, are carrying standard issue .303 bolt operated rifles whichwere superseded by the excellent sten gun, as and when they became available.
The photograph of the three "swaddies
" with their backs to the camera must have been taken very late in the war when the army changed the rifles to that style (and there they all are, looking back at the camera, with their rifles pointing all over the place, that's how accidents happen).