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WW11 Era Question

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Jim Porter, Jun 18, 2012.

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  1. Jim Porter

    Jim Porter Well-Known Member

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    Just watched the Longest Day again for the many-ith time. Am amazed at what our fathers did!!!

    Where did the term "JERRY" in reference to the German soldier originate?
     
  2. SongDogSniper

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    Jim-
    It's more than likely "Gerry". Just a shortened name derived from German.
    Others attribute it to WWI when the Brits thought the German helmets looked like chamber pots known to them as "Jerry pots". Hence it carried over into the second world war.

    I'm no expert, much less there. But I'm going to go with the first explanation.

    By the way, some also believe, since the Brits were called "Tommies" it was all tied to the cartoon of the same name which debuted in 1940. Who knows, but once again, unlikely.

    Gene
     
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