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From The Great War 1914-1918

Commandeer: A popular term introduced with the South African War to denote the forcible taking of horses and supplies for the use of combatants. When such a proceeding is attended by compensation, it is said to be a "requisition." [1]

Commandeer: To annex. To take forcibly. An old Cape-Dutch word which came into Army language in the Boer War. [2]

References / notes

  1. Various contributors (1914). The War Book-of-Facts. 2nd Edition. A.W. Shaw Company, London p.139.
  2. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.62.
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