Duckbaords are the slatted timber paths, or walkways, laid down in the trenches and camps etc., at the front. They bear a resemblance to the sloping boards leading up to duck houses at the edge of a pond, hence the name. Their purpose was to aid movement across muddy, flooded and battle-torn land.[1]

References / notes[edit]

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.83.

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