- John Brophy & Eric Partridge
- ARRSE Rating
- 4 Mushroom Heads
The humour in particular is very enlightening although it is definitely a product of the times and doesn't always pull its punches when it comes to language, I would have to question an occasional entry - IE Pneumatic cavalry - Cyclish battalions, at a guess was meant to be Cyclist battalions, due to a typo. Whatever, it is still humorous!
On a personal note, one greeting in our family used by my grandfather, a WW1 veteran went; "Wotcha chum, hows your belly off for spots?" The rejoinder being "Same as me backside for pimples!" There probably was a lot similar which didn't make it into the book.
Expressions such as toot sweet were assumed to be American half-inched from the French in Vietnam & popularised by Hollywood, however I now find out were in common usage by the Tommies in WW1.
Estaminets were something I'd never heard of, I assume the ordinary pub catered for the same need back home in Blighty, although Ireland seems to have a similar type of hostelry in small hamlets.
All in all an excellent book, heartily recommended if like me you have an interest in researching relatives service who fought for King & Country