Austro-Hung Vs. Italy Nicknames

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Austro-Hung Vs. Italy Nicknames

Post by Bill Longyard » 02 Jan 2003 20:57

Did the Italians have any derogatory nicknames for the Austro-Hungarian troops in WWI? The French called the Germans "the bosche" and the British called them "the huns". What did Italian soldiers call the Austro-Hungarians?

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Post by Lupo Solitario » 02 Jan 2003 22:07

funny question.....premise, italian don't tell between "austrian" and "german", nicks employed in WWI were largely the same just employed during XIX century and will be employed again in WWII and still now....

ok, main italian nicks for german are:
"crucchi" (the most known one, typical of WWI, from the slavic kruk, bread))
"tognini" (deformation from "deutch")
"todari" (origin unknown)
"mangiapatate" (literally potato-eater)
"crauti" (from Kraut)
"cecchini" (from "Cecco Beppe" nick of Franz Josef, in a second time it will became italian for sniper)
"mocheni" (from "mochen wir")

there certainly others more regional but those were the most spread ones

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