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I keep coming across various references to the name O PIP . I believe these refer to observation post but could anyone explain why the name O PIP is used. Was this term unique to the Salonika campaign.  

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Coldstreamer

can you put it on context that you found it pls

 

 

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Gardenerbill

For fear of stating the obvious, could it refer to the infamous Pip Ridge which was numbered P1 P2 P3 etc.

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Coldstreamer
Posted (edited)

 looking on google thats the first thing that pops out is observation post

https://exhibits.library.uvic.ca/spotlight/wwi/catalog/1-1290

Edited by Coldstreamer

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Sgt Stripes

I am going through the editions of The Mosquito on DVD and have reached No 67, September 1944 and on page 74, Buck (The writer) says " I well remember joining my unit in the BSF, 67th Bty, 20th Brigade, RFA, 27th Division 1917. When I was warned to go to an observation post. The next day I felt that active service had really begun. Picture my surprise when after a short walk, I was taken to a small dugout where there was just room for a telephonist. My view consisted of the side of the trench by which I had entered . The O PIP was about 20ft above my head. he then says that close by was a Naval O PIP. He then goes on about serving in other O PIPS around Salonika including the Struma Valley . I have seen references to the name O PIP early editions of The Mosquito including a Poem. Hope This helps.   

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pierssc

It is an early phonetic alphabet thing used by signallers in particular.  "Pip" = The letter P.  "Pip emma" meant P.M, and so forth.  O- pip just stands for O.P.

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squirrel

This might help:

 

 

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ARMY 1914-18

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1918

NAVY,1921

1938-1942

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INTERSERVICE 1952

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Sgt Stripes

Really great replies and very helpful. What a great forum this is. Thank you 

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