• A list of slang terms used in Bert's letter to help you understand what he means.


    Abdul name for a Turkish soldier
    Anzac soup shell-hole polluted by a corpse
    auntie a Turkish broomstick bomb
    Aussy Australia; an Australian soldier; a wound bad enough to get a soldier back to Australia
    axle grease butter
    babbling brook an army cook
    base wallah someone employed behind the front line
    Beachy Bill a Turkish artillery piece which shelled the beach at Anzac
    brass hats senior officers
    Bully (beef) salted canned beef
    Bumbrusher an officer's servant
    chat-bags underclothes
    coffin nail cigarette
    cricket ball a Turkish grenade made of iron, the size and shape of a cricket ball, with a burning fuse. If possible, catch and throw back. (Compare this with a jam tin bomb.)
    dial face
    furphy a rumour
    peninsh peninsula (Gallipoli)
    short arm inspection medical examination of the penis to check for conditions such as STDs
    stoush fight
    swing the banjo shovel dirt
    tourist Australian soldiers (1st Division), often known as "six bob a day tourists"
    winze an underground connection between two trenches

    Soldier's slang