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Age : 76
Localisation : Sandbach Cheshire
Cap Badge : RA/QOH
Places Served : JLRRA (Hereford) Nienburg Paderborn Colchester Munster Maresfield (Cyprus) Hohne Hemer Op Banner x4 Woolwich
Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 15:00

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Brum, you forgot CRAC! Embarassed

Doh !

And me ex-RAC too ! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 15:02

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brum

to complete your bluebell initials

there was beemy and feemy

I don't think I ever came across those two.

to go with crayoc there was bowo, somewhere along the line there was also brasco


... but who could forget good old BOWO ! Smile
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Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 15:41

In Belize we had the FATWO (and he was) and the FOWO. In Units we had FAMTO, FATSO and FAACO.


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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 15:46


This thread's getting like the bloody Dog Show ! cat
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 15:48

and DOWO. (You can tell it's raining). Rolling Eyes
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Localisation : s. yorks
Cap Badge : RA (ns) RA, R.Sigs, RE ( TAVR)
Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 16:40

brum wrote:


"Military Small Arms of the 20th Century" by any chance ?

It looks like we were both in the same military book club !
(In the 80s, I think ).

Very Happy

Nope.........." Infantry Weapons of WW2", but it's Mil. Book Club surplus. I'm not a member, this is dated 1997 & I picked it up ( and many others similar) from a discounted book shop. Good value if you can get in before everyone else who has similar reading tastes. Not more than about £3, I would guess, for a couple of hundred lavishly illustrated A4 pages. .
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 17:23

brum wrote:
Shelldrake wrote:
Brum, was that the one that the Gny Staff issued you when you did your AIGs Course at Larkhill? study lol!

Me Sir ? A Gun Bunny Sir ? How very DARE you Sir !

There is a RSA connection to this book, though Shelldrake.

The author was Ian V Hogg. He did 27 years with the RA, 20 of them as an instructor on ordnance and ammunition at the Royal School of Artillery.



I remember ending up in the Caravan Site behind The Bustard on one or two occasions - nothing to write about, 'though!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 17:26

CSO chief signals officer
CAFSO ?????????? not for the scaleys lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 17:34

Gordon, surely (don't call me Shirley), that should read "Chief Scaley Office"? lol!
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Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 18:24

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I remember ending up in the Caravan Site behind The Bustard on one or two occasions - nothing to write about, 'though!! Very Happy


Eh Up ! Shelldrake.......

You mix in exalted circles ! What sort of badges of rank do Master Bustards have on their sleeves ? Anything to outsmart that Scaley regalia recently displayed ?
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   7/7/2011, 22:38

Now now Dave....Do i see little green eyed monsters? alien lol!
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Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 08:24

Maybe Gordon! More likely just curiosity........... This Bustard is a very rare bird.
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 09:32

Not as rare as some of the ones i knocked about with Embarassed
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Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 10:10

Cartav, I left the Royal Regiment 25 years ago on the 17th of this month (had to do my nick time), but if memory serves the Master Bustard badge of rank is a Kiwi upon a Gun surrounded by Chicken Wings. They were normally appointed Ships RSM on the Woolwich Ferry. Very Happy
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Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 11:07

Must be some secret NZ lot......... Fern leaves on theirs, Kiwis on ours.
Hope you didn't see an old biddy hanging about on the ferry. Arranged to meet a local on board next night whilst in Draft Pool, awaiting a posting. Got shipped tp BAOR smartish next day immediately after first parade. As we marched, kit laden, out of the gate, the lad I'd lent ten bob until pay day grinned at me & pointed two fingers of scorn. Haven't seen him, my ten bob or the old biddy since. It's a cruel world. ;
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 11:15

Don't know about your mate and the 10 Bob, but the old biddy's still there. Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 11:32

so where did 'bull' originate? as in "get those toecaps bulled up boy"
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 12:10

I once heard it had something to do with "John Bull" but who knows?
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 13:55

The Household Division use the term "Bobbed"?
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 13:58

Shelldrake wrote:
Cartav, I left the Royal Regiment 25 years ago on the 17th of this month (had to do my nick time), but if memory serves the Master Bustard badge of rank is a Kiwi upon a Gun surrounded by Chicken Wings. They were normally appointed Ships RSM on the Woolwich Ferry. Very Happy

Have you been on the meths again ? Suspect
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Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 14:09

Good starting point is always Google...........

They (not me ! ) tell the exact origin is unknown, but "bull" alone could go back to
17th Century & "Bull shit" is recorded in US slang of 1915. Seem to recall (from TV progs. etc.) Yanks also use "Horse Feathers" which may be a toned down version.

"Bull" is possibly connected to the French "Boul" meaning Fraud or Deceit. No similar foreign language terms are quoted except German "Bock-Mist"...... Goat crap. ( what I'd call Frankenwurst !).

"Bull", as meaning Army polishing, seems to be Brit military only. Oxford English Dictionary is quoted as the source for much of this, anything else can be regarded as bullshit.
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PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 16:27

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Shelldrake wrote:
Cartav, I left the Royal Regiment 25 years ago on the 17th of this month (had to do my nick time), but if memory serves the Master Bustard badge of rank is a Kiwi upon a Gun surrounded by Chicken Wings. They were normally appointed Ships RSM on the Woolwich Ferry. Very Happy

Have you been on the meths again ? Suspect




A little! drunken drunken
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Registration date : 2010-03-02

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 16:56

BigJock wrote:
so where did 'bull' originate? as in "get those toecaps bulled up boy"

When I was No 2 on a Ballista, I dimly remember being told that when Blanco first came into use it was considered to look like that which emerges from the wrong end of a cow. I suppose "bullshit" rolled of the military tongue easier than "cowshit". (not a good image to conjure up !)

The forerunner of the beret, that flat, brown thing you see soldiers wearing in WW2 photos was considered to resemble a cowpat and eventually became known as a "craphat". I personally heard Paras and Greenjackets referring to those of (what they considered), inferior regiments, as "craphats".

Funny how these nicknames survive, long after they cease to relevant.
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Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   8/7/2011, 18:18

Ballista server, eh? You may have come across Septimus Polonius who was Ack I. B with the 6th Cohort of the XIX Legion........ famous he was as an instructor. It is said he was given to some exaggeration but the Sengalese recruits he was lecturing were truly amazed when he assured them that the weapon could kill at 600 paces. They shook heads in wonder at Roman technology and praised him with the muttered tribal chant of, "Umbala ! Umbala ! "

As he gathered up his instructional scrolls to leave, the Chief called out "Be careful by the river path ! The cattle come to drink and there is copius Umbala !
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Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Army Lingo   9/7/2011, 11:43

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I dimly remember being told that when Blanco first came into use it was considered to look like that which emerges from the wrong end of a cow. s".

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Nay lad, must be a Midlands fairy tale or folk lore......... I've told, thee !
Gerron t' Google ( or in this case Wikipedia).........

Blanco, it says, implies something "white" (as I always thought, being a three star Smart Arse), it was first used in 1880 to smarten up that "Zulu" style Slade Wallace buckskin belt & things. The greenish powder blocks were introduced when 1908 webbing equipment arrived. It'd be an odd cow that defecated white or coloured blocks wrapped in brown paper.
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