Origin of 'BK'

Discussion in 'Gunners' started by flarkey, Dec 6, 2002.

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  1. Hey guys,

    Please educate me.  I was just wondering how the term BK came about to represent Battery Captain.  ???

    Is it just a way of not confusing him with the BC, or does it originate from Battery Kapitan in some foreign language?

  2. GunnersQuadrant

    GunnersQuadrant LE Moderator

    You answered your own question there.. ;D
  3. Yup... Confusingly its a confusion thang... :p
  4. I believe it derives from the days of flags, field telephone code et al. This tradition is retained in the informal naming of the various callsigns in the Batteries (*ahem* Field Batteries), such as 'How 1' for CP 1, 'Jig' for the Sigs Sgt truck, 'X Ray' for the BC's Rover, and, of course, 'Romeo' for those heroic individuals, the OPs.

    I once had a BK who always called the Battery Tiffy by his 'old school' callsign. The tiffy used to get most upset. Why? His callsign was 'Bluebell'.

    Poor chap :D