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Mon Dec 13 17:41:24 UTC 2004
OED has examples of the literal "battle-weary" (of persons) from 1905 and 1945, but no examples of the secondary sense, (of places and equipment) "damaged by battle."
An early example of this - in the source that may have popularized it - appears in the song, "There's a Girl in Chateau Thierry" (1919), "Sucessfully Introduced by Irene Bordoni and Lieut. Gitz Rice. Words by E. Ray Goetz. Music by Melville Gideon. New York, NY: Leo. Feist, Inc., Feist Building," stz. 1, ll. 1-4:
One September Ill remember,
Never to forget.
Battle weary Chateau Thierry,
That was where we met.
All the lyrics and a midi are available at http://pdmusic.org/1900s.html
Gitz Rice was a prominent Canadian performer songwriter of the period, often credited - erroneously, to judge from the lack of contemporary documentation - with co-authorship of "Mademoiselle from Armentieres."
"Battle-weary" was frequently used in WWII to describe aircraft, particularly bombers, that had suffered prolonged wear and tear in aerial combat.
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