Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Drew5233, Oct 13, 2010.
I'm probably wrong hence why I put myths in the title
Someone will probably tell us we are both wrong!
"Obsolete French sappe or Italian zappa, hoe, from Old French and Old Italian, both from Late Latin sappa"
sap - definition of sap by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
French soldier who digs.
British use of French term.
"In 1812 the Corps of Royal Military Artificers were re-named the Corps of Royal Sappers and Miners."
French Fire Brigade still known as 'Sappeurs et Pompiers'.
Or maybe 'Sapeurs'.
sap 2 (sp)
n. A covered trench or tunnel dug to a point near or within an enemy position.
v. sapped, sap·ping, saps
v.tr. 1. To undermine the foundations of (a fortification).
2. To deplete or weaken gradually.
v.intr. To dig a sap.
Blimey Andy, even Adam agrees with us both!
Nope, far as I can see the etymology all points towards the tool rather than the activity.
Sappers and their Hoes...
Not forgetting a Hi Hoe too
Separate names with a comma.