Ode to a Sten Gun

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Kyt, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    <small>A copy of a poem written during World War Two and published in "The Maple Leaf Scrapbook", a souvenir book printed in Belgium at cost price to forces overseas by No. 3 Cdn. P.R. Group in 1945.


    </small> <small>Ode to a Sten Gun
    By Gunner. S.N. Teed</small>

    You wicked piece of vicious tin!
    Call you a gun? Don't make me grin.
    You're just a bloated piece of pipe.
    You couldn't hit a hunk of tripe.
    But when you're with me in the night,
    I'll tell you pal, you're just alright!

    Each day I wipe you free of dirt.
    Your dratted corners tear my shirt.
    I cuss at you and call you names,
    You're much more trouble than my dames.
    But boy, do I love to hear you yammer
    When you 're spitting lead in a business manner.

    You conceited pile of salvage junk.
    I think this prowess talk is bunk.
    Yet if I want a wall of lead
    Thrown at some Jerry's head
    It is to you I raise my hat;
    You're a damn good pal...
    You silly gat!


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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Never knew they called em "gats" in WW2.
    We called our SLRs that after Vince, the ex-DERR bloke joined. All his lot called their SLRs "gats" too.
    Some old Army slang.
     
  3. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    Never knew they called em "gats" in WW2.
    We called our SLRs that after Vince, the ex-DERR bloke joined. All his lot called their SLRs "gats" too.
    Some old Army slang.

    It comes from gattling gun so it's 100+ years old.
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  5. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    I used to have one of those - now have a

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  6. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Senior Member

    In the U.S., gat for many years meant revolver or gun. Then it became slang for any pistol.

    JT
     
  7. PeterG

    PeterG Senior Member

    It comes from gattling gun so it's 100+ years old.
    Kyt is right

    By 1880 gatlin was slang for any type of gun, from the Gatling gun named after Richard J. Gatling, the inventor. Then in 1904 the term was further shortened to gat meaning a pistol. Then the term gat was used during the prohibition era by Mafia hit-men to denote any gun, but specifically the Thompson submachine gun, the Tommy Gun.

    See Online Etymology Dictionary

    Peter
     

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