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Old Contemptibles

plural noun
the British expeditionary force to France in 1914
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so named from the Kaiser's alleged reference to them as a ``contemptible little army''
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  • A few may be toiling still, where the fighting is thickest, the last remnants of the “old contemptibles.”

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • Indeed as the "old contemptibles" marched through Boulogne women stripped off their rings to give them to the marching soldiers.

    G. H. Q. Frank Fox

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