Alleyman

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The term Alleyman is a corruption of the French Allemand, which in English is a literal translation of "German." Along with the name Fritz, Alleyman was another name for a German soldier used by the British in the early days of the First World War. It eventually gave way for the more common and still widely-known derogatory name, Jerry.[1] Conversely, the German equivalent of these names for the British soldier was Tommy. See also Tommy Atkins

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References / notes[edit]

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.6.