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The name Fritz originated as a German nickname for Friedrich (Frederick)[1] from which several other names are derived including: Fritzsche, Fritsch, Fritsche and Fritzsch.[2] Kings Frederick II and Frederick III of Prussia were also known by the name. The British used a variety of epithets for the Germans during both world wars. While "Fritz" and may appear more genial in nature, especially being a shortened version of a common name, others were clearly more derogative: Hun, Boche and Kraut, none of which today are acceptable.

The German equivalent of Fritz for the British was Tommy. See also Tommy Atkins

Glossary of words and phrases[edit]

The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain during the Great War, which also includes: technicalities, trench slang, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, sobriquets, the titles and origins of British and Commonwealth Regiments, and warfare in general. These words and phrases are contemporary to the war, which is reflected in the language used, and have been transcribed from three primary sources (see contents). Feel free to help improve this content.
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References / notes[edit]

  1. Fritz Wikipedia: The free encyclopaedia. Accessed 28 August, 2016.
  2. Fritzsche Wikipedia: The free encyclopaedia. Accessed 28 August, 2016.