German Soldier Slang

  • Alter - elder; superiors, usually the company commander
  • Alter Mann - old man; with the Afrikakorps used for Italian meat-products (Fleischkonserven)
  • Ami - American soldier
  • Anschiß - crap on; criticism from superiors
  • Aus der Traum - The dream is over; a slogan painted by German soldiers near the end of the war expressing the surreality of their situation
  • Banditen - bandits; partisans in occupied territories
  • Bauchbinde - gut bind; belt
  • Beutegermane - Booty-Teuton; foreign volunteer, also used for the Volksdeutsche (perhaps inferring that they were collaborating exclusively for the benefits)
  • Blechhut - sheet metal hat; helmet
  • Blechkrawatte - tin necktie; Knight's Cross
  • Da war der Grosse Hund los! - The big dog was unleashed there!; All hell broke loose
  • Donnerbalken - thunderbeam; latrine (which was a simple log over a pit)
  • Drahtverhau - barbed-wire entanglement; military-issue mixture of dried vegetables
  • Eisenbahn - iron road; railroad
  • Eiserne Kuh - iron cow; canned milk
  • Etappenschwein - rear swine; REMF
  • Fahrkarte - a ticket; a miss, a shot that travelled into the distance
  • Feldküchensturmabzeichen - field kitchen assault badge; the War Merit Cross
  • Fernkampfmedaille - long distance fighting medal; the War Merit Cross (suggesting the holders were far from the actual fighting when they earned it)
  • Feuerpause - cease fire; a cigarette break
  • Fußlappenindianer - Footwrap Indian; Infantry
  • Gebirgsmarine - Mountain navy; nonexistant or unheard of military branch
  • Gebetsbuch - prayer book; a Hauptfeldwebel's notebook, usually stored tucked into the open middle button of his tunic
  • Gefrierfleischorden - order of the frozen meat; the East Front Medal
  • Gulaschkanone - goulash cannon; field kitchen
  • Halseisen - neck iron; the Knight’s Cross
  • Halsschmerzen - neck ache; had by someone who wants to earn the Knight’s Cross
  • Heimatschuß - homeland shot; a light wound that would send a Soldier home
  • Heldenkeller - Hero cellar; an air raid bunker
  • Heldenklau - Hero thief; an officer who collects stragglers for redeployment
  • Hilfswillige - "hiwi"; volunteer forces usually made up of Soviet volunteers serving in non-combat capacities
  • Himmelfahrtskommando - Ride to heaven command; a deployment with little chance of survival
  • hinrotzen - to sniff back one’s snot; get into hasty cover
  • Hitlersäge - Hitler saw; an MG42
  • HJ-Spätlese - vintage Hitler Youth; the Volkssturm
  • Hoffnungsbalken - Hope bars; the tress on an officer candidate’s shoulder boards
  • Horst Wessel Suppe - Horst Wessel Soup; Meat and other good things that “march along with in spirit”
  • Hundemarke - dog tag; the German identity disc
  • Intelligenzstreifen - intelligence stripes; stripes on the trousers of the general staff
  • Itaka - Italienischer Kamerad; Italian Comerade
  • Kadavergehorsam - carcass obedience; absolute duty and blind obedience till death
  • Kantinenorden - Order of the Cafeteria; the War Merit Cross
  • Kattun - cotton; or denim; to receive heavy fire
  • Kettenhund - chain dog; a Feldgendarm (military police)
  • Knarre - Rattle; rifle
  • Kindersärge - children's coffins; small, wooden antipersonnel box-mines
  • Koffer - suitcase; a heavy grenade
  • Kolbenringe - piston rings; the double litzen on the arm of a Hauptfeldwebel
  • Kriegsgericht - court-martial; a bad meal
  • Kriegverlägerungskreuz - War Displacement Cross; War Merit Cross (in other words, one who was displaced or removed from the war)
  • Krüppelgarde - crippled gard; Volkssturm
  • Landser - historical term for a German infantryman
  • Lametta - tinsel; medals and tresse
  • langmachen - to make long; take cover, lay down
  • Latrinenparole - latrine passwords; gossip
  • Lysol - a sharp schnapps drank by occupation troops in France
  • Makkaroni - macaroni; an Italian
  • Mündungsschoner - muzzle cap; a bad soldier
  • NegerSchweiß - black mans sweat; coffee
  • Oberschnäpser - Oversnapper; an Obergefreiter
  • Panzer-Anklopf-Gerät - Panzer knocking device; (as in knock at a door); term for the 37mm Pak 36
  • Papieroffizier - paper officer; someone in a propaganda company
  • Papiersoldat - paper soldier; someone in a clerical unit
  • Pappkamerad - cardboard comrade; a human cutout for target practice
  • Parteihut - party hat; helmet
  • Partisanen - partisans; lice
  • Punkt zwölf Rehbock - twelve point buck; A soldier who had signed up for a full 12 year enlistment
  • Querschläger - ricochet; an unpopular soldier
  • Rabatz - to kick up a fuss; used for many unpleasant situations, great disorder, violent enemy fire
  • Rasputitsa - slang for watery, mud-filled trenches or landscape in Russia
  • Reichsheini - slang nickname for Reichsführer der SS Heinrich Himmler
  • Ritterkreuzauftrag - Knight's Cross job; suicidal mission
  • robben - crawl; low crawling
  • Rückgrat der Armee - Backbone of the Army;an Obergefreiter, also the experienced Landser
  • die Sahnefront - cream front; occupied Denmark; a lot of food, minuscule fighting
  • Sanka - Sanitätskraftfahrtzeug; field ambulance
  • Sandlatscher - sand traipser; an infantrymen in the Afrika Korps
  • Schleifer - grinder; a brutal training officer, with tankers it also meant a Panzer in need of repair
  • Schmalspuroffizier - narrow gauge officer; the Sonderführer ranks that wore narrow shoulder boards
  • Schlumpfschütze - smurf soldier; a bad soldier
  • Schütze Arsch - soldier ass; the last and worst soldier
  • Soldaten in Zivilkleidung - soldiers in civilian dress; Partisans the German Cross in Gold
  • Spiegelei - fried egg; the German Cross in Gold
  • Spund - a young soldier or recruit
  • Stalintorte - Stalin cake; stale bread
  • stiften gehen - to move it; to flee
  • Taschenflak - pocket Flak; a pistol
  • Tiefflieger - strafer; , an idiot
  • Untergefreiter - Under Gefreiter; (a non-existent German military rank); a civilian
  • V3 - miracle weapon after the V1 and V2; derogatory for Volkssturm
  • verheizen - to burn; to senselessly sacrifice soldiers
  • Wanzenhammer - bug hammer; a pipe (also used to smack bugs with apparently)
  • Wehrbeitrag - war contribution; to conceive a child during leave
  • Zielwasser - prize water; schnapps
  • Zigarettenbüchse - cigarette tin; the gas mask canister, which was usually used for other things
  • Zwölfender - Twelver; a career soldier whose term is 12 years, especially used for a Stabsfeldwebel



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