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From The Great War 1914-1918

Calm-Laylas: A nickname for the men of the native Egyptian Labour Corps, derived from the refrain of the droning chant of the men leading camels on the march – "Kam Layla, Kam Yom!" "How many nights, how many days?" (i.e. "before this weary task is over!") [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.43.
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