World War One Words Starting With the Letter B
- Back of the line
- Anywhere to the rear and out of the danger
- Barbed wire
- Ordinary barbed wire used for entanglements. A
thicker and heavier military wire is sometimes used.
- Shells dropped simultaneously and in a row so as to
form a curtain of fire. Literal translation "a barrier."
- - Smashed.
- Big boys
- - Big guns or the shells they send over.
- Big push
- - The battles of the Somme.
- The quarters of the soldier when back of the line.
Any place from a pigpen to a palace.
- Bleeder or Blighter
- Cockney slang for fellow. Roughly
corresponding to American "guy."
- England. East Indian derivation. The paradise looked
forward to by all good soldiers,--and all bad ones too.
- Blighty one
- - A wound that will take the soldier to Blighty.
- The universal Cockney adjective. It is vaguely
supposed to be highly obscene, though just why nobody seems to
- A meaningless and greatly used adjective. Applied to
anything and everything.
- - A hand grenade.
- Bully beef
- Corned beef, high grade and good of the kind, if
you like the kind. It sets hard on the chest.
Soldier assigned to an officer as a servant.