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And why ack ack? Because the British Army phonetic alphabet of the time went "A for Ack, B for Beer, ..., Y for Yorker, Z for Zebra". This sounds rather like the RAF alphabet of WW2 but wasn't quite the seem: differences included M for Emma (so Pip Emma = After noon) rather than Monkey/Mother and G for Gee rather than George.
Somewhat more tedious detail to be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_phonetic_alphabet
P.S. The Navy did things differently. Their A was for Apple. But they were both wrong. As any fule kno, A is for Horses.
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As for the term AA or Ack Ack, it's an acronym of Anti-Aircraft (usually referring to guns, although there are other kinds of AA), but has nothing to do with anti-tank guns (unless, of course, it's an AA gun that happens to used against tanks).
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