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PostSubject: Acronyms   24/1/2010, 21:25

I'm not sure"acronym" is quite the right word but anyway.
Reading a book on WW1 recently I was amused at the way soldiers in those days made up little sayings from the titles of Regiments.
For example,
Army Service Corps Ally Sloper's Cavalry
Royal Army Service Corps Run Away Someone's Coming
Royal Army Medical Corps Robbing All My Comrades - and
Run Away Mother's Coming
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Rag And Oil Company

Some that were in use when I was in the Army, I remember, were -

Queen's Own Hussars Queers On Horseback
Royal Horse Artillery Rocking Horse Artillery
and let's not forget,
NAAFI No Ambition And F*** All Interest

There are more but I've forgotten them. Any contributions gents ?

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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   24/1/2010, 22:07

Well there were a few on our side I remember.

Princess Patrices Canadian Light Infantry = Peanuts, Popcorn, Candy, Licorice, Ice cream

PPCLI = Pretty poor c*** lying idle

Queen's Own Rifles (Of Canada)= Queer's Own

Royal Canadian Regiment= Rocking Chair Rangers

Royal Canadian Artillary = Herbies ( I was a Herbie helper being attached)

But basicly I think we thought of those not in our Unit or Corps, just as idlers sucking out our life blood.


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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   24/1/2010, 22:21

RCT, Rickshaws camels and taxis!
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PostSubject: Acromyms   24/1/2010, 22:43

REME - Rough Engineering Made Easy or Royal Engineers Minus Education

QRIH - Quick Run Its Here or Queerest Regiment in History

RCT - Rickshaws Cabs and Taxis (slight difference)

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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   24/1/2010, 23:43

Here's a few more
RAOC-Royal Academy of Organised Confusion

RASC-Rob any silly c---t

RCR Runts c----s and Ring Bandits

PPCLI Poor people who couldn't leave Italy'

Hope I hqvn't lowered the tone too much and offended our more delicate members.
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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   24/1/2010, 23:52

bazza wrote:
I'm not sure"acronym" is quite the right word but anyway.....
Bazza

Possibly mnemonics rather than acronyms ( scratch where the hell did I get that from scratch )

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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   25/1/2010, 00:06

TonyE wrote:
Here's a few more
RAOC-Royal Academy of Organised Confusion

RASC-Rob any silly character

RCR Runts c----s and Ring Bandits

PPCLI Poor people who couldn't leave Italy'

Hope I hqvn't lowered the tone too much and offended our more delicate members.

I once served alongside a guy from PPCLI in Cyprus. He used to skydive at Kingsfield Airfield. Mick Hunter was the lads name. Absolute nutter.

We used to say it meant Please Protect Canada's Little Idiots. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   25/1/2010, 01:55

Ministry of Public Building and Works (MPBW)....Make the poor bastards wait.
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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   25/1/2010, 03:27

TonyE wrote:
Here's a few more
RAOC-Royal Academy of Organised Confusion

RASC-Rob any silly character

RCR Runts c----s and Ring Bandits

PPCLI Poor people who couldn't leave Italy'

Hope I hqvn't lowered the tone too much and offended our more delicate members.

RCR were also know as Chicken F****r's . Apparantly an incident that happened in Germany many years back. When they took over from the PPCLI in Cyprus in 76, there used to be an abandoned roast chicken shack just out side the base,the Pat's put a sign on it stating, " RCR Leave Center".
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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   25/1/2010, 20:24

Another WW2 one. ENSA- Every Night Something Awful

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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   25/1/2010, 22:33

QLR Queers Looneys and Rejects.
MPSC Muppets Puppets and Silly C@*ts.
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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   26/1/2010, 19:00

DERR - Doreen's Ever Ready Rifles (with acknowledgement to the DERR website)

Not strictly BAOR as it was in its initial form but,
UDR - Upside Down Regiment or Yo(u)'ll Do Rightly

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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   16/2/2010, 13:12

Hardrations wrote:
When they took over from the PPCLI in Cyprus in 76, there used to be an abandoned roast chicken shack just out side the base,the Pat's put a sign on it stating, " RCR Leave Center".

You must have been the other side of the road from us. B Sqn 15/19H were Force Reserve Squadron in late 1976 and I remember PPCLI being replaced by RCR. I also remember that on the eve of the anniversary of the battle of Sahagun (21 December 1808), we introduced the resident Canadians to the British tradition on such occasions of borrowing hardware from neighbouring units.

From memory:

(This doesn't include the stuff we borrowed from the RAF.)

A Jeep (we removed a fence panel, drove it into the NAAFI courtyard and replaced the fence, then carried on drinking).
A bus.
An M113.

ISTR when we heard tracks coming up the road, we all started to head indoors, not wanting to be too close to a borrowed M113 when the Military Police turned up.
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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   17/2/2010, 14:18

Not sure if it was widely used:
QARANC - Quick And Ready And Never Caught!
WRAC - Weekly Ration Army C...(Not in polite company!!)
ACC - Andy Capps Commando's
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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   17/2/2010, 16:22

AlienFTM wrote:
Hardrations wrote:
When they took over from the PPCLI in Cyprus in 76, there used to be an abandoned roast chicken shack just out side the base,the Pat's put a sign on it stating, " RCR Leave Center".

You must have been the other side of the road from us. B Sqn 15/19H were Force Reserve Squadron in late 1976 and I remember PPCLI being replaced by RCR. I also remember that on the eve of the anniversary of the battle of Sahagun (21 December 1808), we introduced the resident Canadians to the British tradition on such occasions of borrowing hardware from neighbouring units.

From memory:

(This doesn't include the stuff we borrowed from the RAF.)

A Jeep (we removed a fence panel, drove it into the NAAFI courtyard and replaced the fence, then carried on drinking).
A bus.
An M113.

ISTR when we heard tracks coming up the road, we all started to head indoors, not wanting to be too close to a borrowed M113 when the Military Police turned up.

I was RC Sigs attached to 644 Sigs Tp. Royal Sigs in turn attached out again to Dancon (Danes) at Xeros. I remember seeing the sign being posted up, when coming into Nicosia on our regular Wed. resupply run (Booze, ciggies, booze, mail, bozze, food, booze).
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PostSubject: Re: Acronyms   24/1/2011, 14:50

Another on for ENSA - Even Naafi Stands Aghast
RASC - Rob All Supply Columns
RASC - Regional Advisors to the Shithouse Cleaners (a bit upmarket)
RASC - Sometimes referred to as Donkey Wallopers
CCG - Charlie Chaplin's Grenadiers (used by civvies who worked for the
CCG)

A bit off the thread I know but I was on duty one night in the CP and the CO dropped in and after some briefing the discussion turned to the subject of callsigns. The CO pointed out that all the leading officers apart from the Padre had a call sign and he would give a bottle of something good to anyone who could come up with call sign suitable for the Padre. A couple of days later it was announced that the Padre himself had won the contest with the entry HALO. Asked why he had chosen what was a pretty obvious title the Padre said it stood for High Altitude Liason Officer. As far as I know it was never adopted officially!!

Noch ein Bier,

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