What is Jerry's Beat and what does it have to do with French-speakers?

Feb 2019
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In the game Battlefield 1 for PC, two characters are in a small interior facility in the middle of a British airbase during World War I. One of them is American and the other one is British, and they’re both pilots. They’re both playing poker, but the British one has his legs tied to the chair he’s sitting in, despite scoffing at the American stating he’s got “nothing left to bet.” After losing against the Britishman, he decided to leave him there and take his plane anyway. When he met his co-pilot, he introduced himself as George Rackham, the Fourth Earl of Windsor, instead of Clyde Blackburn which was his real name. During the test, flight, and the in-game mission, Wilson, the co-pilot asks why the Fourth Earl of Windsor sounds like an American, with Blackburn responded by saying he picks up accents easily, and will probably be speaking French by the time he gets to “Jerry’s Beat.” I have no idea what this “Jerry’s Beat” is so could someone either who is knowledgeable when it comes to French culture or the Battlefield series or both please clear this up?
 

Bart Dale

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
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Well, Jerry was the slang for German, and beat is where someone operated - a cop's beat was the area he patrolled.

Hence "Jerry's beat" may have been saying by the time he got to the front lines where the Germans were, in France, he would be speaking with a French accent.
 
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