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FUBAR: F---ed Up Beyond All Recognition: Soldier Slang of World War II
     

FUBAR: F---ed Up Beyond All Recognition: Soldier Slang of World War II

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by Gordon L. Rottman
 

Humorous, sarcastic, sober, pessimistic, fatalistic, defiant or defeatist, slang is an important part of every soldier's vocabulary. Much of the slang of World War II was handed down from World War I and earlier conflicts. These words were so ingrained into the soldier's vocabulary that their use was continued by a new generation of soldiers and by the end of the

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Humorous, sarcastic, sober, pessimistic, fatalistic, defiant or defeatist, slang is an important part of every soldier's vocabulary. Much of the slang of World War II was handed down from World War I and earlier conflicts. These words were so ingrained into the soldier's vocabulary that their use was continued by a new generation of soldiers and by the end of the war some terms had even passed into standard everyday usage.

This book is a detailed survey of the slang of WWII as used and evolved by US, German and Commonwealth fighting men and women. It lists hundreds of these distictive and evocative words with their definitions and origins, but and also includes contemporary cartoons and images, transporting the reader back through the decades into the world of the WWII warrior.

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“This is a highly informative book packed with fascinating insights into the military language used in WWII, but also for those with an interest in the development of the English (and German) language.” —Timothy Baghurst, The Traveler (September 2007)

“The overwhelming implication of FUBAR is that this remarkable reference book, a unique witness to the language of war, represents a class of men passing away with inexorable force. Dove or hawk, it makes no difference: If one truly want to understand this important aspect of the fighting men one supports or condemns, it would be infinitely myopic to ignore their words, how they said them, and why.” —David Cotner, VC Reporter (October 4, 2007)

“Soldier slang of World War II is colorful and could range from insults to witty sayings: any collection strong in World War II history thus needs Fubar: Soldier Slang of World War I, a dictionary defining World War II slang from all armed forces sides. From conscripted 'koala' Australian soldiers to identifying a 'Chinese attack', this is loaded with phrases and insights.” —California Bookwatch (December 2007)

“Reading this book brings to life the rich culture of the men and women of the armed forces of WWII. The level of detail in Rottman's collection of terms is astounding and the size of the volume speaks to its completeness. Writers of historical fiction or reference books will find this book invaluable. Hobbyists and modelers will also find this book useful as many of these phrases and terms can add to the character and detail of nearly any WWII model. Most of all, anyone with an interest in WWII will enjoy this colorful place.” —Matthew Hope, HM (Jan/Feb/Mar 2008)

“Reading this book brings to life the rich culture of the men and women of the armed forces of WWII. The level of detail in Rottman's collection of terms is astounding and the size of the volume speaks to its completelness. Writers of historical fiction or reference books will find this book invaluable. Hobbyists and modelers will also find the book useful as many of these phrases and terms can add to the character and detail of nearly any WWII model. Most of all, anyone with an interest in WWII will enjoy this colorful book.” —Steven Weakly, Historical Miniature Magazine (2008)

“I purchased FUBAR and stayed awake reading until sleep could no longer be avoided, great book.” —Greg Sunyak (January 2008)

“FUBAR: Soldier Slang of World War IIwas a fun book to flip through. When HBO's 'The Pacific' goes on the air, I am going to keep this book nearby; I am thinking that it just might be useful!” —C. Peter Chen,World War II Database, ww2db.com(December 2009)

“FUBARis a compilation of thousands of slang terms and their definitions from WWII. It is a wonderful companion for both new students of the war and experienced historians. Some phrases will be familiar to modern readers. Most of us already know that a 'jarhead' is a slang term for a member of the United States Marine Corps. and that 'scuttlebutt' is a reference to rumors. You probably did not know, however, that a scuttlebutt was also a water fountain on a ship. Accordingly, 'scuttlebutt' seems to embrace the same concept as water cooler conversations.

FUBARis a lot of fun to read and I have kept it close by my reading chair since I received it. Rarely do I read a book that does not include slang terms that previously I had understood only by intuiting the meaning. Now I have a definitive resource to guide me through the soldier slang of the Second World War.” —David Mitchell, World War II Forums, ww2f.com (November 2009)

“Even though World War II ended 62 years ago, it is still with us in books and films. This small and important guide is one more testament to that... Academic libraries, as well as a variety of special readers, will want to add this useful and reasonably priced volume.” —Charles R. Andrews, American Reference Books Annual (March 2008)

“...this is more of a reference or easy browsing book than one where you sit down and start reading. You'll find many of the words to be pretty funny and some even a bit shocking... It is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through and it is one that I know you will find just as much fun to read. Most highly recommended.” —Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (September 2007)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846031755
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Series:
General Military Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

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. The author lives in Cypress, TX.

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FUBAR: F---ed Up Beyond All Recognition: Soldier Slang of World War II 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I opened up ¿FUBAR¿ I though this was going to be just another G.I. slang book. Much to my surprise I was looking at strange sounding words with umlauts. I was reading German army slang and much to my astonishment, a good deal of it was humorous, albeit somewhat dark. It was also serious and some of it opened a window to a darker side. Then I found words that looked like ours, but some of them were spelled differently with a ¿u¿ inserted near the end for example. The British and Australian slang was nothing but audacious and funny. The American soldiers¿ slang covered more than just G.I. words and nicknames, but included the Marines and a diffident nautical link. Even more surprising were the sections of Soviet and Japanese soldiers¿ slang, each of which offered its own brand of humor and irreverence. Reading through the book was an eye-opener showing just how much soldiers the world over had in common and at the same time, how different they were. I was surprised too at how many of these words have survived today, although the soldiers who coined them may have had a somewhat different meaning in mind. A mild word of warning, this book is not for those who might expect a squeaky clear public relations-type image of the niceties of a soldier¿s life. It tells it as it was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost 300 pages of what it meant to be in the military. For some it will bring back vivid memories¿ For others it will be an eye-opener of what your Drill Instructor was really saying about you and your family! Also include Gyrene jargon, Tommy, Aussie, Canuck and Kiwi Talk, German Army, Japanese Army and Red Army slang. Plus Armored fighting Vehicles nicknames. Fun Sarcasam at its best!