A U.S. soldier shares his binoculars with three girls after the liberation of Normandy, WWII, 1944. [1200 X 864]


Gerry is spelled with a G? for decades we wondered why the Germans were called "Jerrys" throughout the war. We've constantly seen it with a J https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terms_used_for_Germans#Jerry ...



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  • Gerry is spelled with a G? For years I wondered why the Germans were called "Jerrys" during the war.
  • I've always seen it with a J https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terms_used_for_Germans#Jerry
  • Jeroboam Bahahaha, so they were calling them "potty-heads"? That's amazing.
  • I remember reading that in the trenches in WW1, the pointed helmets were found to be useful as toilets, since they stick in the ground.
  • I think that's most likely propaganda. I mean, dig a hole? Unless you have a surplus of helmets. I guess you could just grab one off of a corpse for use as a toilet, though.
  • Nah, man, not in muddy trenches. You and millions of others don't just dig a hole, hsit in it, cover it back up, then voila. You hsit in your helmet and fling it into no-mans land.
  • That's a very good point; I hadn't thought of that. Still, they likely would use different helmets for head protection and latrine duty.
  • I think you overestimate the supply rate of helmets on the western front. However, that does raise a valid question. I wonder what they did with the helmets after they hsit in them, did they put them back on their head? Or were they just permanent shitters after they were used once? I don't know.
  • I don't know, you ever see that display of WW1 German helmets from Times Square? I assume there were enough dead soldiers that there were plenty of helmets to hsit in.
  • Dig a hole into what, exactly? In many trenches along the Western Front the trenches were small and filled with stagnant water. Any hsit you buried would just end up floating in said water.
  • This is more true of Entente trenches on the Western Front. The German trenches had a greater frequency of being on higher ground and of more elaborate construction. This originated from dogmatic differences as to a trench's true purpose: a temporary construct to be abandoned as soon as the invader is driven back versus field fortifications to hold territory that ideally will be incorporated into the empire at war's end.
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