Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trench Slang [NML:MF]

A few bits of slang from the allied trenches:

ARCHIE - Anti-aircraft fire or artillery piece

BRASS HAT- High-ranking staff officer

CRUMBING UP - De-lousing.

DIXIE- a large cook pot

EMMA-GEE- Machine gun.

FLAG WAGGER- Signaller.

GREY HEN- an earthenware rum jar.

JAKES- Latrines.

HAYBURNERS- horse and mules

REST CAMP- A cemetery.


  1. My personal favourite was the British tank whose crew named it "Fray Bentos" after the brand of canned meat. Black humour at it's finest :)

  2. I don't know if it strictly counts as slang but I like the renaming of SRD (Service Rum Dilute) being renamed to Seldom Reaches Destination.