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Old September 13th, 2011, 11:32 AM   #41

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Originally Posted by bunyip View Post
My favourite comes from a 1950's British comedy in which Lionel Jeffries plays a Scot. He's obliged to give out with a blood curdling battle cry----- Now Lionel was English not Scots,and spoke no Gaelic. He asked a Scottish member of the film crew to give him a suitable battle cry--------

Thus as Lionel launches his charge,he screams at the top of his lungs "POC MA HON!" In Irish Gaelic it's "Pog mo thoin" (I think). I understand it brought the house down in Glasgow.
That's the Irish version. In Gàidhlig it's "Pog mo thón" and the nearest you can get in English is "Kiss my arse"
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Old September 13th, 2011, 04:48 PM   #42

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During the Greco-Italian war of 1940, the Greek battle cry was "aera", which means air, or wind.

"The Greek army battle cry is "Aera!", i.e. "(sweep them away like the) wind." During World War II it also took up the meaning of an acronym, where each letter symbolized an Allied country (A.E.R.A -> A = England (Anglia), E = Greece (Ellada), R = Russia (Rossia), A = USA (Ameriki) ) "

[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_cry"]Battle cry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

I must admit I didn't know about the acronym part.

The ancient Greek battle cry was "Eleleu" (ελελευ, pronounced "elelef" in Greek), or "alala".

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[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alala"]Alala - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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Old September 25th, 2011, 06:54 AM   #43

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Leeeeeeroy jeeeeenkins!!!!
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Old September 25th, 2011, 08:06 AM   #44

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The Flemish battlecry from at least 1302 onwards is "Vlaanderen ende Leu" or "Vlaanderen de Leeuw", meaning "Flanders (and) the lion", the lion being the heraldic symbol of the Flemish counts.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 12:59 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by Salah ad-Din View Post
..."Remember the Alamo" and "Remember Fort Pillow" were the vengeful battle-cries of the Texans in the Texan War of Independence...
That's hardly bad-ass.

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Old July 6th, 2013, 03:50 PM   #46
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The meaning of battle cry "URAAA" in my countrey troue history have roots in word "U Rat"(Serbo-Croatian) wich means"To war", but when soldiers charge
to enemy in they expresion they loosin "T".Becouse "A" on the last have an stronger echoe trought the battlefield . It is an expresion of of anger and
hatred toward enemy , wich have in goal to make bone chiling and fear in enemy lines ... This battle cry is used often when you wining the battle,charge,or
in last minutes of agony when you try to stop loosing the battle to boost troops morale ,or as a suicidal charge like Japanese "banzai" i is often used in harder
moments of battle pressing the enemy or loosingthe same . I was hearing story of that many times from my Grand Father who was in WW2 in Titos partisans and from my
Father who was an officer in JNA i was and also serving the army of Yugolsavia today Serbia and learn that from high oficers what is the meaning of that charge it is
used in firs and second Balkan Wars and in WW1 charges on enemy tranches and in many battles.
I was have that simulation of it in military practices it has wery powerful feeling of adrenaline ...
And yes this battle cry is alo used today in Serbian army when thy practice that charge wich is the part of histoiry tradition .I hope so that charge have an similar
meaning true all Slavic nations like Russians, Bulgarians,Croats and etc.
I hope that i was of help explaining the menaning of Battle Cry "UUURRAAAAAAAA" ... Click the image to open in full size.
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Old July 21st, 2013, 02:35 PM   #47

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Originally Posted by irishcrusader95 View Post
URRAH!- shouted by soviet soldiers when charging towords german machine guns. it has since been adapted by the americans as 'hurrah' which is shouted whatever the ocasion 'the canteen has cheese burgers' 'HURRAH!'
I realize I'm replying to something posted in 2011, but I don't think there is any historical connection between the US Army's "Hooah!" I know for certain there isn't for the Marine Corps' similar, "Oohrah" despite sounding like "Ura!"

In the case of Marines, the origins lie with 1st Amphibious Recon in the 1950s. They were serving aboard the USS Perch which was an old diesel submarine that had been modified to deploy Navy UDT (the proto-SEALs) or Recon Marines. Whenever the ship would dive, a sailor would announce "DIVE! DIVE!" over the ship's PA system followed by a loud klaxon. A company Gunnery Sergeant for 1st Amphibious Recon began imitating it during company runs. As part of the running cadence, he would shout "DIVE! DIVE!" and imitate the klaxon, which sounded like "AHUUUUUGA!"

Later that company Gunnery Sgt became a Drill Instructor and passed that off to the recruits, who when they were NCOS and Staff NCOs years later, in turn passed it on to new generations of privates or recruits. Over the years however it gradually morphed into something that sounds more like "Oohrah!"

So in the case of the Marines, it has more modern origins and isn't connected to the Russian (or Bulgarian) "Ura!"
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Saitiago was the battle cry of the Spanish during the Reconquista and the Spanish empire. Even after the Reconquista it was still used, especially used by the cavalry
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 05:23 AM   #49
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Some Irish battle cries, Normans recorded that Gaelic Irish allies in battle would be hoarse from continuously shouting their battle cries.

Fág a' Bealach (Clear the way)
Farrah Farrah/Ferragh (Watch out)
most clans had their own battle cries generally family surname with abú followed like Mag Raghnaill abú (Mag Raghnaill forever/Victory to Mag Raghnaill)
some other family battle cries a lot of clans had a couple of them but here's a few anyways.
O'Neill's, An lámh dhearg abú (the red hand forever/victory to the red hand)
O'Dunne's, Mullach abú (People of the hill forever/victory to the people of the hill)
MacGillpatricks/Fitzpatricks, Ceart Láidir abú (Righteous and strong forever/Victory to the righteous and strong)
O'Mahony, Lasair Romuin abú (The torch before us forever/victory to the torch before us)
O'Molloy, Gearaig agus dog abú (Cut and burn forever/victory to the cut and burn)
O'Connor of Uí Failge, Fiannae Abú (warriors forever/victory to the warriors)
O'Toole's, Uí Tuathail abú (O'Toole's forever/victory to O'Toole's)
O'Noonan, Crom abú (Crom forever/victory to Crom) Crom a personal name but interestingly Crom was an old God of the earth that came in the form of a giant worm covered in gold, sacrifices where made to this god. it was also the name of a castle built by the FitzGeralds, Crom means the Bent one.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 05:34 AM   #50

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Originally Posted by Chookie View Post
You should have given the translation too. Wasn't it "Cut them Down"?

I believe it was used in the Thirty Years War.
At the Battle of Breitenfeld, the Swedish battlecry was "Gott mitt uns" while the Imperialists used "Sancta Maria"
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