Now featuring Scots in the Great War Living History Society.
Talpack: Belgium artillery busby. Tank: Armoured, usually tracked vehicles mounting machine guns and larger ordnance. Tank Field Company: Unit which salvages damaged/stuck tanks. Tankschrecken: Tank Fear. Tapes: Used to mark out the start line or direction of an attack. Tassie: Tasmanian. Taube: 1. Austrian reconnaissance monoplane. 2. German for any monoplane. TB: Torpedo Boat. TBD: Torpedo Boat Destroyer. Tchete: Montenegrin company. Teddy-bear: British goatskin jerkin. Terps: Interpreter. Terrier: One of the British Territorial Force. Têtes de veaux: Slang for troops in penal battalions. Teufel-hunden: ‘Devil Dogs’, German slang for US Marines. Third Supreme Command: German Military-Industrial dictatorship from August 1916 to September 28th 1918. Three Blue Lights: Something that won’t happen. Tickler: 1. Jam 2. Home-made grenades. Tictac: Signallers. Tin hat: Colloquialism for a steel helmet. Tin whistle: The Breguet 1914 aircraft. TJ: Tirolean Jägers. TM: British for Trench Mortar, French for ‘section de transport de matériel’, transport service for equipment. TMB: Trench Mortar Battery. Toc emma: Trench-mortar. Toffee-apple: A mortar bomb with a shaft. Tommy: Slang for British soldiers. Sometimes bread. Tommy Atkins: Slang for British soldiers. Tommy Bar: The spanner used for assembling/disassembling grenades. Tommy Cooker: Portable stove. Toot Sweet: Quick! Torpedo Boat: Fast craft used to carry and launch torpedoes against larger ships. Torpedo Boom: 6 foot piece of wood used for unditching tanks. Tot: An issue of rum, usually 1/8th pint. Tour: Front line service. Town Major: Officer responsible for billets in a town. TP: Section de transport de personnel, transport service for personnel. Tracer: Glowing ammunition used to aid aiming. Tractor Aircraft: Those aircraft with the engine and propeller mounted at the front; differed from ‘Pusher’ planes. Tranchée de depart: French front line trench. Tranchée doublement: French second line trench. Tranchée soutien: French support trench. Traverse: The sharp angles in a trench designed to minimize damage from shell bursts and enfilade fire. Traversor Mat: Metal mat used to cross barbed wire. Trench: At their most basic, connected holes in the ground in which soldiers sheltered. Trench Coat: Short, sometimes waterproof, coat. Trench Fever: Illness similar to influenza, caused by lice. Trench Foot: Fungal foot infection caused by wet and cold conditions. Tricoteuse: French slang for artillery. Triple Alliance: The alliance of German, Austria-Hungary and Italy. Triple Entente: The alliance of Britain, France and Russia. Tromblon: Discharger for a rifle grenade. Trooper: Cavalry private. Trou de Loup: ‘Wolf Pit’, defensive pit. Tumpline: Canadian style of carrying equipment: pack supported by a rope/strap round the head. Turco: Slang for French North African tirailleur. Turkish Delight: Turkish shrapnel shell.