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The Bull

From The Great War 1914-1918

The Bull: A nickname given to Lord Allenby. Says a writer in the Morning Post: "It was Tommy's way, not only from his leader's physical proportions (he is reputed to be the bigest of our fighting Generals) but from his blunt simplicity and directness." The nickname was officially recognised in the "Sign" or Badge of the Third Army, when commanded by Lord Allenby, which had a black bull's eye on a white disc, on the usual black bar on a red field of the "Army Sign." [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.38.
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