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Archie (Archibald)

From The Great War 1914-1918

Archie (Archibald): A universal name for an anti-aircraft gun or shell, and sometimes for a member of the Anti-aircraft Force. The word is said to be derived from a music-hall song with a catch-word Archibald, certainly not. It came into vogue apparently at first as expressive of the ineffectiveness of our earlier anti-aircraft gunnery efforts.[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.8.
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