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Cannon fodder

From The Great War 1914-1918

Cannon fodder: (German – Kanone Futter). German cavalry slang used contemptuously for infantrymen of the line. The term itself is said to have originated with Frederick the Great, in the same spirit. The French "Chair aux Canons" sometimes attributed to Napoleon. [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.46.
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