French Army Slang Terms

Avoir sa Pente
(Slope)
A drinker
Briscade
(Old Sweat)
Experienced campaigner
La Bouffarde
(Puffer)
Short-stem pipe
Le Bamboche
(The Cross)
Legion of Honour
Le Brutal
(Brutal)
Artillery
Le Cuckoo
(Cuckoo)
A French eagle
Les Carabins
(Sawbones)
Surgeons
Crucifix a Ressort
A pistol
Dur cuire
(Hard to Cook)
Experienced campaigner
Le Patron
(The Boss)
Napoleon Bonaparte
Le Petit Tondu
(Little Shorn One)
Napoleon Bonaparte
Le Lampion
(Chinese Lantern)
Napoleon Bonaparte's cocked hat
La Noce
(The Wedding)
War
La Fete
(The Party)
War
La Musique
(The Music)
War
Tourner l'oeil
(Roll One's Eyes)
To die in battle
Descendre la Guard
(Drop One's Guard)
To die in battle
Defiler en Parade
(March Off)
To die in battle
Les Pekins
(The Muftis)
Civilians
On Dechire de la Mousseline
(They Are Ripping Muslin)
Volley of Fire
L'oiseau
(The Bird)
A French eagle
Friser
(To Graze)
A near miss
Mettre les Dents au Crochet
(Set One's Teeth on Edge)
To be starving
La Debine
Poverty
Faire une Bosse
Eat well
Le Jus de 'Arbe
(Sap of the Tree)
Wine
Le Rogomme
(Booze)
Strong drink
Le Casse-Poitrine
(Rot Gut)
Strong drink
Le Sauve-la-Vie
(Life Saver)
Strong drink
Trouver
(To Free)
To steal
Les Musikos
Brothels
Piler du Poivre
(Grind Peppercorns)
Sentry duty
Entre Mis aux Mites
(Lodged with the Maggots)
Jailed
Vrai Bougre
(True fellow)
Experienced campaigner
Vielle Moustache
(Old moustache)
Experienced campaigner
Crane
(Baldy)
Experienced campaigner
Marche a Terre
Foot slogger
Les Immortels
(Immortals)
Guardsmen
Gros Talons
(High Heels)
Cuirassiers
Gilets de Fer
(Steel Vests)
Cuirassiers
Celeris
(Celery Eaters)
Commissary officers
Riz-Pain-Sel
(Rice, Bread, Salt)
Commissary officers
Marche a Regret
(Forced March)
Conscript
Les Goddams
British infantry
Les Kaiserlicks
Austrian infantry
Etre Abrime
(Ruined)
Be wounded
Hypotheque
(Mortgage)
Be wounded
Le Rasine
(Grape Juice)
Blood
La Mie de Pain
(Breadcrumbs)
Fleas
Le Cote de Boeuf
(Side of Beef)
A sabre
Du Cormant
(Hardwood)
Beef
Un Rafale
(Squall)
A frightened soldier
Un Frileux
(Feels the Cold)
A frightened soldier
Les Cousins de l'Empereur
(The Emperor's Cousins)
Corscians
Les Saute-Relle
(Grasshoppers)
British riflemen
Teufels
'Devils' - Prussian infantry.

 

 
 
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