Easter quiz

The answers to last week’s quiz:

1. A. The First Hundred Thousand by Ian Hay

B. The Patriot’s Progress by Henry Williamson

C. In Parenthesis by David Jones

2. Aeroplanes dropped eggs, mine-layers laid them.

3. HMS Achilles. He would have been very cross, but it’s not a bad description of his temper.

4. A First World War linguistic urban myth, widely repeated: a Scottish soldier in France asks for ‘twa oofs’, and is pleasantly surprised when he is given three; until he has to pay for them.

5. It’s a grenade.

6. ‘Les bombes jetées au temps de Pâques’ (René Delcourt, Expressions d’Argot Allemand et Autrichien).

7. In early 1918 there was a tank battle tactic that involved tanks being hidden and brought to bear on the flank or rear of the enemy. This strategy was described by tank commander as tanks emerging ‘from their holes like savage rabbits’.

8. The ‘Herbaceous Borders’ were a group of Royal Navy sloops named after flowers: Fraser and Gibbons give :HMS Aster, Begonia, Candytuft, Carnation, Geranium, Lobelia, Lupin, Penstemon, and Foxglove; but Wikipedia prefers Azalea, Begonia, Camellia, Carnation, Clematis, Heliotrope, Jessamine, Myrtle, Narcissus, Peony, Snowdrop and Zinnia, noting they were also called the Cabbage Class.

9. The eagle on the cap-badge.

10. It seems to be a large gun/egg handled by rabbits, blowing out German Easter wishes. Honest.

 

Easter card a

Easter card b

 

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