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|A Yankee in the Trenches||R. Derby Holmes|
GLOSSARY OF ARMY SLANG
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Ruddy - Same as bloody, but not quite so bad.
Sandbag - A bag which is filled with mud and used for building the parapet.
Sentry go - Time on guard in the front trench, or at rest at headquarters.
Shell hole - A pit made by the explosion of a shell.
Souvenir - Any kind of junk picked up for keepsakes. Also used as a begging word by the French children.
Stand to - Order for all men to stand ready in the trench in event of a surprise attack, usually at sundown and sunrise.
Stand down - Countermanding "stand to."
Stokes - A bomb weighing about eleven pounds usually thrown from a mortar, but sometimes used by hand.
Strafing - One of the few words Tommy has borrowed from Fritz. To punish.
Suicide club - The battalion bombers.
Tin hat - Steel helmet.
Wave - A line of men going over the top.
Whacked - Exhausted. Played out.
Whiz-bang - A German shell that makes that sort of noise.
Wind up or windy - Nervous. Jumpy. Temporary involuntary fear.
Wooden cross - The small wooden cross placed over a soldier's grave.
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