Our hero was raised on a farm and had little training as a soldier seeing that he was an army cook. Thus, within the first few days of being on the battlefront, he noticed a German plane in hot pursuit of an Allied Kittyhawk and grabbed his gun.
Needless to say, his officers were not impressed by his shooting at an enemy plane independently and he was very nearly court martialled. Read BATTLEFRONT COOK IN EGYPT AND ITALY (available as e-book) to see what happened to his gun.
Our young hero learning to feed the forces at the Pretoria Police College - peeling a mountain of potatoes, making notes, AND finding time to take the love of his life to the Burgers Park in Pretoria.
Die jong konstabel, Danie de Jager, in die kookspan in Windhoek - min wetende dat hy hierdie vaardighede sou toepas in die skeepskombuis onderweg na Alexandrië, in die veldkombuis in die woestyn van Noord-Afrika, in die krygsgevangekampe van Benghazi en Italië en selfs as ontsnapte krygsgevangene wat kos moes bedel of steel.
Kleintyd sonder televisie was ‘n groot seën vir my pa se sewe kinders - wanneer die gier hom gepak het en hy begin oorlogstories vertel het, het ons aan sy lippe gehang. Die enigste klagte: dat die gier soms wyk en die storie dan sommer opdroog. Ons kon dit ook nie na willekeur aanskakel nie