#Vimy101 – Slang of the First World War
"Tube Train" & "Carpet Slipper"

“Loading a heavy howitzer.”
Credit: W.I. Castle / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-000800.

#Vimy101 – The Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, and “Kaiserschlacht” (“Kaiser’s Battle” – the German Spring Offensive of 1918)  are both known for their use of devastating artillery fire. In the trenches, the common soldier sought words to describe the phenomena they saw, heard and felt, when witnessing such firepower.

Did you know – “tube train” was a slang term for a heavy shell passing low overhead, due to its sound mimicking the underground trains. On the other hand, a “carpet slipper” was “a heavy shell, passing high above” which created a sound like whispering (Pegler, Soldiers’ Songs and Slang of the Great War, p. 191 & 58).