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From The Great War 1914-1918

To go into rest meant that units were temporarily withdrawn from the front to an area behind our own lines in order to reform and be reinforced. In many respects, however, the term meant the opposite and usually involved intensive training in preparation for a return to front line trenches.[1]

See also Rest camp.

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.242.
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