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The step incorporated into the base of a trench which enabled it's occupants to fire over the parapet.

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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.

One disc remained with the body (the cold meat) in the event of death. Previously, the noise of hammering stakes in had attracted enemy fire. CRICKET BALL British Number 15 hand grenade, a spherical bomb. Whichever way the caltrop landed on the ground, one spike was always pointing upwards.

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.

The German equivalent of the time was a Heimschuss, and Australian troops in Gallipoli referred to the same as an Aussie. In May 1916 it was officially announced that it was His Majesty's 'express wish' that the description 'bomber' should be substituted for that of grenadier. When off duty, men would often be found having a 'bon time' at the local estaminet.

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. From the sense that a man could be so tired he was held upright only by the chinstrap of his cap or helmet. From Hindustani cittha, a note, originally derived from Sanskrit citra, marked. It was often said that the definition of a soldier was 'somebody to hang things on'. The correct meaning of this word is long lasting, although seldom used in this way except perhaps by Medical Officers. To be excused duties, a soldier had to be in posession of a sick chit. CHRISTMAS TREE ORDER To parade in full equipment with all kit. To be in civvies was to be dressed in civilian clothing rather than uniform. CLICK To make acquaintance with (usually a member of the opposite sex). BASE RAT A soldier perpetually at the base, therefore maintaining comfort and safety. BATTLE BOWLER Steel helmet, first introduced in numbers to British troops in February 1916. BEFORE YOUR NUMBER WAS DRY Expression used by more experienced soldiers to rookies as a form of put-down: "I was killing Germans before your number was dry" - i.e.

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