Heard on The judges: "Ripping and running"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 1 23:35:57 UTC 2011

I remember 'em. They sang "Meadowlands."

Somehow they even made that sound scary.

I believe the 1960s "entrenching tool" was essentially unchanged from that
of 1917.  Or earlier. Like dirt itself.


On Sun, May 1, 2011 at 7:20 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 7:27 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>
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> > the survivalist-type, short-handled (about 40 cm long) multi-tool that
> has a
> > digging blade--the type that's sometimes associated with the
> Soviet/Russian army.
> The version used by the U.S. Army in my day - when "Red Army" was
> still the only term available for denominating the Soviet Army,
> though, as has been pointed out here, "Soviet Army" was already the
> *official* term as far back as During The War - was called an
> "entrenching tool," thereby avoiding the problem of having to decide
> whether to call a spade a spade. <har! ar!> It had a folding blade so
> that it could be hung comfortably - yeah, right - from your
> pistol-belt (known as a "web[bed] belt," in other branches of service,
> I believe). Only officers were issued pistols with holsters for
> attachment to this belt.
> Does anyone else remember the _Red_ Army Chorus, so-called into the
> '60's, at least, despite the official usage?
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> -Wilson
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