SNAFU Situation Normal All F***ed Up

SNAFU Situation Normal All F***ed Up

Sailor, Airman, and Soldier Slang of World War II

General Military
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Oct 2013
  • Number of Pages: 376
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Military life has always been ruled by its own language, specific sets of terms and phrases that separate the serving man or woman from their civilian counterpart. There is the official version of ranks and acronyms, and the more unofficial, colloquial language of the barrack room and battlefield. This new title explores the language and slang of the major combatant powers, delving into their origins and explaining their uses. All of this will be illustrated with contemporary cartoons and other images showing the phrases in use. This title is designed specifically as a follow-up to 2007's FUBAR: Soldier Slang of World War II, and will differ from the original book in that it will cover the slang of sailors and airman, as well as soldiers. Detailed sections will be included for each of the major combatants of World War II, and additional appendices will detail the nicknames given to the major surface vessels and aircraft types of the war.

Biographical Note

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.


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Phonetic Alphabets
PART I - American Slang
US Navy
US Aviation Services
US Army and Marine Corps
PART II - British Slang
Royal Navy
Royal Air Force
British Army
PART III - German Slang
Appendix 1 - Crew Nicknames for Ships
Appendix 2 - US Navy Ship Types
Appendix 3 - US Aircraft Official Names
Appendix 4 - Commonwealth Official Aircraft Names
Appendix 5 - Aircraft Class and Manufactures' Codes
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