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David Prestidge

I have just started this book. He uses the term OG lines frequently. Obviously he is talking about German trenches, but what does the OG stand for? The book is very readable. Understandably, I suppose, as the writer was a distinguished journalist. I imagine that the line he takes doesn't play out too well with modern opinions, although it's hard to fault his view that Fromelles was an unmitigated disaster.

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Terry_Reeves

David

 

Peter Pederson uses the same term in his book Anzacs on the Western Front and shows a map with the trench line on.

It can be found here. Scroll up for the map:

 

http://tinyurl.com/y3at6oju

 

TR

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rksimpson

Hi

 

Doesn't it mean Old German lines?

 

regards

 

Robert

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Waddell

I read it many years ago and enjoyed it. Didn’t find it a controversial book in any way.

 

O.G I understood to be original German lines.

 

Scott.

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David Prestidge

Thanks for the replies.

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paulgranger

'O.G.' original or old German lines, originated in Bean's official history of the A I F. Regarding Fromelles, comment in the OP, Roger Lee's two books, one a narrative history, the other an examination of the planning of the battle are very interesting.

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David Prestidge

Thanks, Maureene - an amazing interview. Thanks for the heads up.

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frev
16 hours ago, paulgranger said:

'O.G.' original or old German lines, originated in Bean's official history of the A I F.

 

 

The use of O.G.1 and O.G.2 (for the old German lines) can be found in quite a few of the relevant War Diaries for Jul/Aug 1916 - long before Bean wrote the Official Histories.

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WhiteStarLine

Frev is correct, as this August 1916 war diary shows:

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paulgranger

Thanks chaps. I always thought it was Bean who started it. 

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