antedating and postdating "concertina wire"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Jul 27 21:50:55 UTC 2008

OED 1919.
1916-17 Bernard Adams _Nothing of Importance_ (London: Methuen) 113: They made up "concertina" or "gooseberry" wire by day and were out three or four hours every night putting it out.
All the OED exx. refer to WWI, but the term was well-known to Americans during the Vietnam War, when rolls of razor wire were commonly so called.
"Gooseberry wire," however, appears to be unique .

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