Now featuring Scots in the Great War Living History Society.
Macaroni: Colloquialism for Italians. Macchi M-5: Italian fighter flying boat. Maconochie: Tinned stews. Mafeesh : UK and ANZAC slang for ‘nothing’. Magyar: Hungarian. Maidan: Open area/parade ground. M and V: A tinned meat and vegetables ration. Marlin Gun: A light version of the American Colt-Browning machine gun used on aircraft. Marrons : ‘chestnuts’, French colloquialism for bullets. Marsch : Austrian unit of reinforcements. Martinsyde G-100: British escort fighter/bomber aircraft. Martinsyde S-1: British scout biplane used in the early war. Mas Boats: Italian torpedo boats. Maschinengewehr 08: The standard machinegun of the German army, an almost exact copy of the Maxim gun. Maschinengewehr 08/15: Stripped down version of the Maschineengewehr 08 intended as a more mobile weapon, but used mainly in defence and anti-aircraft roles. Maschinengewehr 08/18: A portable, air cooled version of the standard German machine gun, introduced in 1918. Massey-Harris: Canadian slang for cheese. Maternity Jacket: Jacket worn by the RFC. Maxim Gun: The first automatic machine gun ever invented, used by American forces and in ‘modified’ versions by Britain, Germany and Russia. MC: Military Cross. MCA: ‘Magasin central automobile’, French motor repair depot. MD: Medicine and Duty, a designation for small illnesses. MEF: Mediterranean expeditionary force. Mehmedchik : Turkish slang for soldiers. Mespot: Shortened version of Mesopotamia. MFW: Märkische-Flugzeugwerke, German manufacturer of aircraft. MG: Machine gun. MGC: Machine-gun Corps. MGD: Militär-General-Direktion, German military railway service. MGGS: Major-General General Staff. MGK: Maschinengewehr Kompagnie, German machine-gun company. MGO: Machine-gun officer. MGRA: Major-General Royal Artillery. Mick: Slang for Irishman or soldier from an Irish unit. Mills Bomb: The standard British hand grenade. Minelayers: Any ship used for laying mines at sea. Minenwerfer: ‘Mine Thrower’, A short range mortar used for supporting infantry attacks. Minnie: Colloquialism for a trench mortar. Mitrailleuse : Machine gun. Mladachi unteroffizier : Russian corporal. MM: Military medal. MMGG: Motor-Machine Gun Corps. MO: Medical officer. Moir: Type of British pillbox made from concrete. Monitors: A class of ship designed for work in rivers or coastal areas. Monkey Meat: US slang for a particularly unsavoury French ration. Mop Down: To drink. Mop Up: To attack enemy strong points bypassed by an earlier attack. Morane-Saulnier A-1: French monoplane fighter used in early 1918. Morane-Saulnier BB: French reconnaissance biplane used between late 1915 and 1917. Morane-Saulnier L ‘Parasol’: French ‘high wing’ monoplane used for reconnaissance and light bombing. Morane-Saulnier N ‘Parasol’: French ‘mid wing’ monoplane fighter/escorts. Mörser : Mortars, although the British classed them as heavy howitzers. Mortar: Short muzzled, high trajectory, muzzle loading artillery pieces often used for close infantry support. MOTH: Memorable Order of Tin Hats, South African ex-service organisation. MT: Motor Transport. Muckim : Butter. Mufti: Civilian dress. Mulligan: US and Canadian slang for stew. Musketen-Bataillone : German automatic rifle units. Mutt and Jeff: The British War and Victory medals.