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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure chest of enlightenment and entertainment
Soldiers’ Songs and Slang of the Great War
By Martin Pegler

Published by Osprey

Immaculate timing to up-date and expand the excellent 1930’s book Songs and Slang of the British Soldier by John Brophy and Eric Partridge.

Martin Pegler embraces their earlier work, which, due to censorship, had to omit much of the slang...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A curats egg
The songs are familiar to most people of my age group but their origins are often new. Great fun at times but tinged by the view of the wrong impression of gained watching "Oh, What a Lovely War!" (Film or stage version) . Officers died in great numbers and the army had a hard time until it's staff officers gained the experience needed to support the fighting men. But an...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure chest of enlightenment and entertainment, 27 Sept. 2014
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Soldiers’ Songs and Slang of the Great War
By Martin Pegler

Published by Osprey

Immaculate timing to up-date and expand the excellent 1930’s book Songs and Slang of the British Soldier by John Brophy and Eric Partridge.

Martin Pegler embraces their earlier work, which, due to censorship, had to omit much of the slang verses of songs, which had been considered at that time too crude for inclusion even a revised 1965 version was heavily edited. This doesn’t mean that Martin Pegler’s up-dated version is crude, it isn’t, it’s a fascinating journey that gives an honest, true-to-life collection of songs, fabulous illustrations and, of course, a dictionary of slang used by the soldiers who endured trench life.

The alphabetical list of Military Slang, Terminology and Popular Phrases encompasses an enthralling lexicon from AAA – Ack, Ack, Ack – ‘Stop’ on a Morse buzzer, to a Zig-Zag – a drunk - from the wobbly walk of a man full of alcohol. There are almost two hundred pages of discovery.

Part two is a spiffing collection of songs; so important to the serving soldiers of 1914-1918. Singing raised morale, and a good marching rhythm helped Regiments move around the countryside of France and Flanders, and indeed Blightly. A further one hundred and fifty pages of songs are included in part two; anyone reading this book will end up singing along – so it might not be a good idea to read it on the train. Most know the chorus to It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, but few will know the verses, or the alternate version: That’s the Wrong Way to Tickle Mary.

There are, interspersed throughout the text, a number of images from Punch Magazine and Bruce Bairnsfather cartoons, postcards and posters, many from the author’s private collection.

As a writer and researcher of this era, I have found Soldiers’ Songs and Slang of the Great War to be a treasure chest of enlightenment and would like to thank Martin Pegler for sharing his knowledge in this superb book.

Do you know what ‘mongey’ means? Or where the word ‘plonk’ comes from, or what a Silent Percy was? You will if you buy this worthwhile book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A veritable mine of information - dip in and dip ..., 4 Sept. 2014
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A veritable mine of information - dip in and dip out at my leisure and always come out with something interesting and informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A curats egg, 6 Mar. 2015
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The songs are familiar to most people of my age group but their origins are often new. Great fun at times but tinged by the view of the wrong impression of gained watching "Oh, What a Lovely War!" (Film or stage version) . Officers died in great numbers and the army had a hard time until it's staff officers gained the experience needed to support the fighting men. But an enjoyable romp through the dark, bawdy humour of the trenches. Worth the buying and readin
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to rerad, 26 Oct. 2014
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Very interesting and informative. Easy to rerad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection, well written and presented and invaluable for ..., 16 Jan. 2015
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Excellent collection, well written and presented and invaluable for people keeping an historical record and wanting to know what was said, sung and done at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both funny and moving, 14 Dec. 2014
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Both funny and moving, giving a vivid insight into the daily lives of troops in the front lines during the Great War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Oct. 2014
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My husband loved this item and it arrived on time in good order and just as advertised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 24 Sept. 2014
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Great read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 Dec. 2014
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present but think it'll be liked
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Jan. 2015
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Useful book for ww,1
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