Dead Ground Glossary

  • 2ICsecond in command
  • AfAfghani, the currency of Afghanistan
  • ANAAfghan Nation Army
  • AvusLatin for grandfather
  • Bimbleto wander about
  • Brag ragsmedal ribbons
  • BuzkashiCentral Asian game. Usually played on horseback. The object of the game is to get the carcass of a goat or similar into the goal
  • Combat netcombat network radio
  • DesmondsSAS/SBS
  • Fifty calfifty calibre machine gun. Fifty calibre is half an inch
  • FOBforward operating base
  • Forty milsforty millimetre grenades
  • Gimpygeneral purpose machine gun
  • Green slimemilitary intelligence
  • Hesco wall/barrierthink massive square sandbags piled on top of each other. The Hesco system was originally devised for flood control as well as fortification. A digger fills the bags with gravel, or whatever is available locally, and piles them up to form protective barriers as needed
  • HMGheavy machine gun
  • IRinfrared thermal imaging system
  • JastAfghan head-man
  • Javelinshoulder launched, anti-armour, fire and forget missile system
  • KBMnamed after the Russian K. B. Mashinostroyeniya armaments factory this refers to a common Soviet shoulder mounted anti-aircraft weapon
  • Light Gun105mm Howitzer
  • OCofficer commanding. The officer in command of a force not big enough to warrant the title commanding officer
  • OPobservation post
  • PBpatrol base
  • QRF dutyQuick Reaction Force. Sitting around in full kit waiting while nothing happens, usually
  • Ratpackfield rations
  • RPGrocket propelled grenade
  • Rupertofficer
  • SA80current standard British Arm assault rifle
  • Sangartemporary fortification, originally constructed of stones and earth but now usually of sandbags, tin sheet and similar. The word is originally Persian and came into the British Army through its use by the British Indian Army
  • SharpshooterL129A1 Sharpshooter Rifle
  • Stagguard duty
  • Sulivenan unusually pointy mountain in the Western Scottish Highlands
  • Terpinterpreter
  • TerryTaliban
  • UgliesApache helicopters
  • Zerocall sign for the command centre