No Man's Land

The term No Man's Land refers to the strip of open ground, strewn with war wreckage, broken wire, dead bodies, fragments of shell etc., dividing the opposing trenches which extend all along the front and on the Western Front varying in width, in places, from a few yards to a quarter of a mile.The name was coined apparently by "Eye-witness," and first appeared in print in his official "Narrative" of September 15th, 1914. [1]

References / notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.210.

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The above term is listed in our glossary of words and phrases of the Armed Forces of Great Britain during the Great War. Included are trench slang, service terms, expressions in everyday use, nicknames, 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. They have been transcribed from three primary sources (see Contents). Feel free to expand upon and improve this content.
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