An arrival: A term for the sound of an enemy shell bursting on Allied lines. As the report could easily be mistaken for the firing of one of our own guns, the question was often asked, "Is that an arrival?" 
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.10.
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