Stalag 17 Terminology
Betty Grable: 1930's-40's Actress Famous Pin up girl
Harry James: 1940's Big Band Leader
Tyrone: Tyrone Powers 1930's-1950's Actor joined the US Navy and flew C-47 Cargo airplanes in the pacific.
Hedy Lamar: 1930's-50's Actress and Pin-up girl
Gargantua: 1940's Film Monster
Frankie Sinatra: 1940's-1980's Crooner/Actor got his start 111 1944
Clark Gable: 1930's-1950's Actor known as “The King of Hollywood” Joined US army Air Corps in 1942. Too old for combat he wrote produced and directed numerous training films for the military during the war.
Humphrey Bogart: 1920's-1960's actor and WW I veteran.
Jimmy Stewart: 1930's-1980's Actor Joined US Army Air Corps and flew missions in Europe during the war.
Sophie Tucker: 1920's-1960's Brash, full-figured and sexually frank, Singer recording artist who worked in Vaudeville, Headlined in the Ziegfield Follies on Broadway.
Gary Cooper: 1920's-1960's Actor.
Cary Grant: 1930's-1980's Actor.
Goebbels: Joseph Goebbels Reich Minister of Propaganda for Nazi Germany.
Boob: Solitary confinement also known as “The Cooler”
Timber! General warning usually that guards are approaching
Jerries: Germans All the POW camp guards were from the Regular German Army. Old men and boys “Too Old” or “Too Young” for combat
Physic: a purgative (laxative)
Malchamovis: Yiddish for “Ill speaker”
Kishkas: Yiddish for “Belt” “rear end/ butt”
Barracks Chief: Man elected to represent and run the Barracks.
Chow: Food or meal
Chow King: Man elected by the barracks to equitably distribute all food and or meals
Security: Man elected to screen out spies agents organize systems of communications and approve escapes.
Red Cross Packages: Parcels of food and non perishable items provided by the “Red Cross Organization” to Prisoners of War, Usually on a monthly basis but not always.
Comic Section: Obituaries, immemorial usually of the enemy.
Crud/ Crum: Someone disagreeable or disgusting.
Cascara Pills: Strong purgative/ laxative
Nazi: Fascist Political Party. Not every German was a Nazi and not every Nazi was German.
SS: Military Arm of the Nazi Party. Not Regular Army. All Concentration Camp Guards were from the SS
Geneva Conference: Established in 1899 in Switzerland to govern the humane treatment of Prisoners of War after the First Anglo-Boer War. Also known as the Geneva Convention of 1902 also part of the Den Hague Convention of 1920
RAF: Royal Air Force of Great Britain. The RAF Bombed at night while the USAAF bombed in daylight.
Air Corps: The US Army Air Force during WWII
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