It’s “Quiet” ! In a château as safe as a cellar in Galt And twice as bomb-proof as St. Louis, The Brass Hats arise for the war about nine, And pray that the day will stay peaceful and fine, And groan: “We must visit our section of line – “Our G.O.C.’s horrible to us!” Now be careful for God, King and Country, by gad, Ah, what are those thunderous snorts? --There’ll be an offensive “toot-sweetly”, my lad, When Brass Hats are seen in supports! Then they call on an outfit that lies in reserve; They’re certain no outfit is tougher! “Kar-umph!” says a Noise with an Iron Pig’s bile! “Kar-ung!” says another in Woolly-bear style! “We’ll go!” says Brass Hat –and the Line for a mile Starts begging old Fritz to get rougher! Oh, they hustle for God, King and Country, by gad, They puff with a panicky grunt! They’ll report with a proud, gallant flourish, my lad; “Sir! We have toured round the front!” --Kim Beattie From And You! Toronto: MacMillan, 1929. Page 14. ----- Notes: "Bomb-proof": this phrase carries a negative connotation beyond just being a safe area, or a soldier out of harm's way. Today's fighting men occasionally use the phrase 'remf' to describe such 'bomb-proof soldiers'; it stands for 'Rear Echelon Mother Fucker.' "G.O.C.": An acronym for 'General Officer Commanding'. So, a quite senior officer in charge. "Iron Pig": Artillery "Wooly-bear": Smaller anti-personel artillery rounds that were fused to burst above ground and spray men with shrapnel. At burst there was a visible puff of black smoke, hence 'wooly-bear'. The sound described is that of shrapnel bouncing around.