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Soldiers’ Songs and Slang of the Great War

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Have you ever "gotten dirty at the crossroads" in a "knocking shop"? Or been in a "bun-fight"? Can you sing "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?", "Bicycle Built for Two" or "Danny Boy"? Soldiers' Songs and Slang of the Great War explains the meaning and origins of the language and songs of WW1.

A bawdy and satiric celebration of cheerful determination in the face of appalling
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Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very informative and interesting read. An easy yet detailed comprehensive read that gives one tidbits and random facts about the Great War as well as the mood and view of the war, especially from the view of the fighting man in the trenches. The songs are also nice to read through to see how humor and the strain between officers and enlisted men was portrayed back then.
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Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 i
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John
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
The first half of the book (with the slang) was very interesting. I also enjoyed many of the cartoons. I didn't much care for the songs, but they just didn't interest me without a tune to go along with them. Not my thing. Perhaps others would find that as interesting as I found the slang.

The one thing that really stuck out to me was how often the WWI slang made words longer rather than shorter, which is the normal trend. They also tended to rhyme with the last word There were many examples of th
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Carolyn
Sep 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I really liked the book, but I would have liked a bit more background information. I think it would have been far more interesting to find out a bit more on each song or bit of slang. That being said, I did learn a few interesting things and now "Over There" and "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" are running through my head!
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Martin Pegler has a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History and an MA in Museum Studies, both from University College, London, and was for many years the Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. He now lives in the Somme, France, where he and his wife run a small bed and breakfast, which is situated on top of the old German front line! Martin has established The Somme Histor ...more