May 6, 2016
‘Mob’ means group.
A ‘Salvo’ is a round from an artillery battery
5.9s, 75s etcetera are various artillery shells. These are commonly known by the calibre with a few exceptions like the ‘whizz-bang’ and ‘coal box’.
‘Cherio’ means goodbye (like ‘hooroo’).
‘Strafed’ means to get a dressing down from a superior.
‘Anzacs’ in this case refers to a crunchy biscuit or a ‘cookie’ if you are a ‘doughboy’ rather than a ‘digger’. Anzac biscuits remain very popular today.
'Cawnpore Angels' refers to a monument in Cawnpore, now Kanpur, India to commemorate a massacre which occurred during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
A ‘sap’ is a trench constructed toward the enemy line.
‘Tucker’ means food.
‘Good night nurse’ is from a 1918 comedy by Fatty Arbuckle. It means ‘death’ here
‘Pioneers’ or 'neers' are the engineer corps. These men rarely, if ever, saw combat, but were very important.
‘Jocks’ are Scotsmen.
‘Whips of scran’ means a lot of food. The AIF provided enough food for the whole battalion, but they were less than half in camp to enjoy it. My apologies, I missed a few of these definitions in the recording.