Nissen huts were “named after the inventor, Lt-Col. P.N. Nissan, DSO, a canadian Mining Engineer. Corrugated iron and wood structures, semi-cylindrical in form, used for general and hospital purposes. Enormous numbers were used in the war. Their weather-resisting qualities and the ease with which they could be taken down, shifted, and re-erected rendered them invaluable.” 
References / notes
- Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.209.
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