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W, Y, Z

WAAC: Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps.
Wachtmeister : German cavalry, artillery or train Sergeant-Major.
Wad: Bun.
WAFF: West African Frontier Force.
Waler: Australian breed of horse.
Wallah: Man.
Weary Willie: Shrapnel, used at Gallipoli.
Westerners: Allied Commanders who thought the key to winning was victory on the Western Front. Differed from Easterners.
Western Front: The area of conflict between Germany and the Entente Powers to the west of Germany.
Westralian: Western Australian.
Wire Break: A passage through barbed wire entanglements so an attacker could pass through their own defences.
Whippet: British tank.
Whistleing Willy: Artillery shell.
White Feathers: Given by women in Britain to apparently able-bodied males who hadn’t volunteered or been conscripted for military service.
White Star: Gas composed of chlorine and phosgene.
Whizz-bang: British colloquialism for nearby artillery fire.
Willie: Slang for a tank.
Wipers: Ypres.
WKF: Wiener Karosserie and Flugzeugfabrik, Austrian manufacturer of planes.
WO: Warrant Officer.
Wodnik: Montenegrin sergeant.
Woodbine: 1. A cigarette 2. British soldiers.
Wooden Track / Wooden Road: Road made of planks, normally on soft ground.
Woolly Bear: German shell burst.
WRAF: Women’s Royal Air Force.
Wrist-watch: Excellent style.
WRNS: Woman’s Royal Naval Service.
Wumba: Waffen-und Munitions-Beschaffungs-Amt, Munitions Department of the German War Ministry.
WVR: Woman’s Volunteer Reserve.




Yank: British slang for Americans.
Yellow Cross: Mustard Gas.
YMCA: Young Men’s Christian Association; ran canteens behind the front lines.
Ypérite: Mustard Gas.


Z: Zero Hour, when an attack began.
Zastavnik : Serbian second lieutenant.
ZD: ‘Zentral Departement’, Central Department of the German War Ministry.
Zepp: Zeppelin.
Zeppelin RS-III: German long-range patrol seaplane.
Zeppelin: German airships.
Zeppelin-Staaken R-Type: German heavy bomber.