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What are your personal top 10/15 iconic words/phrases that reflect WW1


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Take some time to think and rank them if you can....

Here's mine (I think)

1. Somme

2. Enfilade fire

3. Tanks

4. Wipers

5. No Man's Land

6. Gallipoli landings

7. Mustard Gas

8. Dreadnoughts

9. Getting a Blighty

10. Courts Martial

11. Kitchener's Army

12. Scapa Flow scuttling

13. Haig

14. Armistice

15. Over the top

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1. No Man's Land

2. Somme

3. Flanders

4. Mud

5. Barbed Wire

6. Shot at Dawn

7. Pals

8. Montauban

9. High Wood

10. Missing

11. Suvla

12. Toffee Apple

13. Armistice

14. Memorials

15. Cemeteries

The more I look at the list the more I want to change it around maybe, but this is the first list as it came out so I'll leave as is

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Ah well, in for a penny, in for a pound!

As my zone of interest lies around Ieper, here's mine. For what it is worth....

1. Menen Gate

2. Hill 60

3. RE Grave

4. Talbot House

5. The shot at dawn post in Pop.

6. Mud

7. Hooge Chateau

8. Steenbeek, the place where Harry Patch 'copped it'.

9. The cemeteries

10. Poppies.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Over by Christmas.

Homes fit for heroes.

Ron

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Mr. Clifton

I suggest that you might mean, "Over by the late December festival", for to mention its name prior to December 15th will ensure the wrath and indignation of the Skindles Committee, and also get you two weeks in the maggot patch......

Bruce

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In no particular order

Somme

Passchendaele

Jutland

The Salient

Wipers

BEF

Subaltern

Blighty

Trench

Dugout

Barbed wire

Mud

Over the top

David

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Mr. Clifton

I suggest that you might mean, "Over by the late December festival", for to mention its name prior to December 15th will ensure the wrath and indignation of the Skindles Committee, and also get you two weeks in the maggot patch......

Bruce

But as this isn't Skindles, probably doesn't matter.

I'd go with phrases like

Lost Generation

Doomed Generation

War Poets

Chateaux Generals

Mud

Shot at Dawn

Lost Generation

and suchlike.

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No Man's Land

Blighty One

Missing

Mentioned In Despatches

Verdun

July 1st, 1916

Attrition

St. Mihiel Offensive

100 Days

Bedfordshire Cemetery

Pip Squeak and Wilfred

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But as this isn't Skindles, probably doesn't matter.

I'd go with phrases like

Lost Generation

Doomed Generation

War Poets

Chateaux Generals

Mud

Shot at Dawn

Lost Generation

and suchlike.

repetition lose a point

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I wouldn't want to try to rank these:

Loss

Mametz Wood

Gallipoli

Mud

Ypres

Devastation

Battle of Jutland

Widows & Orphans

Farmland as battlefield

Letters

HMS Hawke

Trench foot

Amputations

Sepia

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Well here are mine , no real order

Gommecourt

Ypres

Redan Ridge

Missing in action

The Somme

Loo's

Unknown soldier

Hollenzollern Redoubt

46th North Midland division

Rememberance

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With apologies to the RFC and Royal Navy, here's my selection

1. Blighty

2. Somewhere in France

3. Old Bill

4. Dear Mother

5. Estaminet

6. Chatting

7. Fritz

8. GHQ

9. The Cavalry will then break through

10. Big push

Mike

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Still rooted in 1914.

Retreat from Mons
Lanrezac
Save the Guns
Forest of Mormal
La Grand Fayt
La Cour de Soupir Farm
Race to the sea
Polygone Wood
Nonne Boschen Wood
Truce (Note I'm not mentioning the C word here Bruce)
John
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No Man's Land

Blighty

Somme

Strafe

We got mittens too [is this story apocryphal?]

Beaucoup bombard

Plonk

Estaminet

Digger

Bint

Whizz-bang

Imshi

Souvenir

Stunt

Anzac

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A few that haven't been mentioned yet. Sandbag, machine guns, bombardment, lice, bayonet, tin hat, plum and apple, Plugstreet, Maconochie, Menin Road.

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Kibosh

Pukka

Keep the home fires burning

What did you do in the War daddy?

Pip squeak and Wilfred

Straff

Hanging on the old barbed wire .

And the line from Millions like us , "Thought we lost you on the road to Festubert!"

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One word........Stahlhelm. The word and the iconic symbol to me of The Great War.

TT

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