Where did they get the nicknames for enemies? -1 reply

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Blehh

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#1 15 years ago

Ok you know how in WWII they would sometimes say "Jerry is running back to Berlin" or in 'Nam "Charlie has dug himself deep underground" Just where did they come up with Jerry and Charlie. And did they only use names like that for the VC/NVA and the Nazis?




Vanthem

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#2 15 years ago

[COLOR=burlywood]Vietcong was abbreviated to VC, which we know, then VC in military speak is Victor Charlie. Most just cut it down to Charlie.

Jerry.. I used to know that one but apparently I've forgotten.

Those terms only applied to the Germans and VC really.

EDIT: Thank you, Google. "In World War II, "Jerry" bcame the common slang term, from the jery cans (gas/petrol) containers used by the German Army."[/COLOR]




apocalypse_kid

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#3 15 years ago

And the British were generally known as Limey's to the Americans and other members of the combat forces (originally slang for a British sailors because of the enforced consumption of limes to combat scurvey but now used generally for british) while in fit of extreme rhyming slang the American's became known as "septic tanks" in Australia (ie: Americans=Yanks=Septic Tanks).

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NMS169

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#4 15 years ago

Every race has a nickname. Some are not so appropiate for this forum.




Blehh

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#5 15 years ago
Originally posted by NMS169 Every race has a nickname. Some are not so appropiate for this forum.

Oh I know what you mean and I'm not referring to that. For example the 'Cong were called Gooks, Germans were krauts. I'll stop there before we get really racial.

What about Jerry? Anyone have an answer to that? I got my answer for Charlie, but Jerry is still there..all lonely..unsolved :(




BackSho0ter

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#6 15 years ago

In Sweden we call the Norwegian people "norrbaggar" :smack:, the Finnish "finnpajsare" :spank:, and the Danish "danskjävlar" :fistpunch:. Where the h3ll did those strange names come from?




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#7 15 years ago

I hear the french call us Brits 'roast beefs' because of our traditional cooking....they're so inventive! :D




Vanthem

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#8 15 years ago

[COLOR=burlywood]Go re-read my post, Spidey. :lol: Rambo's losin' his vision in his old age. :p [/COLOR]




shmekie629

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#9 15 years ago

you guys know that british po-lice are called bobbies? Thats b/c of the founder of scotland yard, Sir Robert Peel.

And i know it has nothing to do w/ WWII other than the brits being in dubya dubya 2 P.S. Germans were also called Boches, but that was mainly used in WWI.




Blehh

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#10 15 years ago
Originally posted by Vanthem [COLOR=burlywood]Go re-read my post, Spidey. :lol: Rambo's losin' his vision in his old age. :p [/COLOR]

:lol: I don't read your posts every single time to make sure you've editted them. It's less of a hassle to just make a new post :lol:




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