FUBAR: Soldier Slang of World War II (英語) ハードカバー – 2017/3/13
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FUBAR is your handy dictionary of soldiers' vocabulary and slang from World War I and World War II that has evolved from US, German, and Commonwealth troops.
FUBAR is a detailed survey of the slang of World War II as it was used and evolved by US, German, and Commonwealth fighting men and women. This book lists hundreds of distinctive and evocative slangs, complete with their definitions and origins. FUBAR also includes period accurate cartoons and images that will transport you back through the decades into the world of the WWII warrior.
Humorous, sarcastic, sober, pessimistic, fatalistic, defiant, or defeatist, slang is an important part of every soldier's vocabulary. Whether they're making themselves understood, saving time, or "lightening" the mood with some gallows humor, these words were so ingrained into the soldier's vocabulary that their use was continued by a new generation of soldiers. By the end of the war some terms had even passed into standard everyday usage.
Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969–70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.
So if you wanted to get "Squared Away" it will tell you why Vets all love to be squared away unlike many civilians who don't understand that being clean and neat is squared away lol
"Fubar and Snafu will be explained. Probably the 2 most often words used after WWII and introduced before the "F" work became common in civilian life while in the Military it is used in common conversation.
I don't think I dare and write the meanings of this Lingo here without getting thrown off. lol
You will find that the words change as we moved into Korea and Vietnam and all of the other wars and conflicts we have had
It's a funny read just keep it away from Minors in your home......
Before I peeked at his Amazon listing, I was pretty sure that this wasn't Rottman's first book on the war. The depth of his knowledge really shines through. I had more than a few "Wow, I didn't know that!" moments while reading. For example: "Zombies." These were Canadian soldiers who declined to volunteer for overseas deployment. Apparently if you didn't volunteer, Canada would not send you. Didn't know that.
Reading this book is like eating a really well-prepared meal -- it's full of little surprises and pleasures. Highly recommended. If you have a serious interest in WW II, this should be in your collection.
Also, the slang is oriented towards ground forces only (Army and Marines), with no Navy slang to speak of.
Three and one-half stars. If you are not a regular reader of WW2 history, the rating is higher.