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Black hand gang

From The Great War 1914-1918

Black hand gang: A colloquial term at the front in the war for a party volunteering for some "forlorn hope" venture or risky enterprise, such as a trench raid. The term was sometimes applied in a mock heroic manner to themselves by men such as bombers, stretcher bearers, and others whose duties were of a specially dangerous kind. [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.24.
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