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BELGIAN RATTLESNAKE The Lewis gun, a .303" calibre light machine gun. Well-known for the 'Leaning Virgin' on the tower of the Basilica. before the ink on the junior soldier's enlistment papers was dry also, I was cutting barbed wire while you was cutting your milk teeth. Used with good effect in the Gallipoli campaign, this grenade went on to be spectacularly unsuccessful at the battle of Loos in September 1915, where wet conditions rendered useless the external friction fuse igniter.

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From the similar appearance to domestic fireside coal container. These gave the name, number, unit and religion of the holder. The corkscrew shape at the end enabled the stake to be twisted quietly into the ground by wiring parties. CRASSIER Slag heap of mining spoil, such as those prominent on the battlefield around Loos and exploited to such great effect by German observers and snipers. From the French, who originally produced the trench maps of these areas. CROW'S FOOT Caltrop, a four-spiked metal device used in battle since ancient times to disable men and horses.

COAL SCUTTLE German steel helmet, or Stahlhelm introduced at Verdun in January 1916. To have cold feet was to shirk a duty because of fear. Men were issued with metal or, more usually, red and green composite material identity discs. CORKSCREW Looped steel post, or picket, for staking barbed wire.

Those who refused these terms were either imprisoned or drafted into military service and court-martialled. O., which occasionally led to confusion with Commanding Officer. Pre-war term, said to be derived from a titled lady who had suffered this misfortune.

Such objections were considered by tribunals and some objectors were given total exemption; others were given the option of partaking in work of importance to the war effort, or serving in a non-combatant corps (such as the RAMC at that time). CUBBY HOLE Small dug-out or shelter in the side wall of a trench.

The design can be traced back to the type of helmet worn by English archers at Agincourt in 1415. Later on came to mean any excessive official documentaion. Native Egyptians once called Venice 'Bundookia', place of the big guns. From Arabic/Turkish/Hindustani burghul, oatmeal porridge. BUS Royal Air Force expression (affectionate and facetious) for aeroplane. BUZZER Electric device used in signalling to tap out and transmit Morse code. From the lowest British Army classification of fitness - those fit only for base duty.

BRITISH WARM An overcoat, knee-length and close fitting at the waist, worn by mouted troops and officers. Early examples of the helmet were officers' private purchases and differed slightly from the regulation pattern. The Bull Ring at Etaples was infamous for its severe discipline. BUMF Toilet paper, or newspaper used for that purpose. From Arabic/Hindustani for firearm, originally a crossbow. This also gave rise to their other sarcastic nickname, the Army Safety Corps. When the ASC acquired their well-earned Royal prefix in 1918, to become the RASC, their nickname was changed to Run Away, Someone's Coming! The ASC, due to their good pay, comfortable conditions and comparative saftey, were regarded by the infantry as not proper soldiers. Also used at the start of a gambling game such as Crown and Anchor, inviting others to join in before the start of proceedings. I also acknowledge encouragement, help and additions from many ex-servicemen's Associations, including the Normandy Veteran's Association Leeds 61 branch, R. E's, Combined Services Association and the 8th Army Association, Wakefield Thank you gentleman and ladies for giving your time. Interestingly, the Americans had a comparable term during Viet Nam : the USA was known as the world, and a Blighty one was know to US soldiers as a ticket to the world. (2) Member of a trench raiding party, often tasked to bring in prisoners for intelligence purposes.

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