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Gun fire

From The Great War 1914-1918

Gun fire: The usual term for the early cup of tea served out to troops in the morning before going on first parade, whenever possible. In the War recruits in training always had a "Gun fire" supplied to them, the work before breakfast being found particularly trying. The morning gun in a garrison town suggested the name probably.[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.113.
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