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"Granny", "Monk" and "Peaches": strange nicknames of foreign generals

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General James Mattis celebrated his 70th birthday this year. He commanded the famed US Central Command from 2010-2013 and served as Secretary of Defense of the United States of America from 2017 to 2019.


Dog, Arab and two "Grandmothers"


Behind the eyes, and in the American press too, Mattis, when he was a general in the Marine Corps, was nicknamed "Mad Dog". Such a nickname was given to the military leader for his mercilessness towards enemies and incontinence in words: Mattis made rather harsh statements more than once. For example, the general said that he was "damn fun to shoot some people."

Mattis also has a second nickname - "Monk": he was given to the general because by such an old age he did not have offspring and did not even have a family. One could already suspect the general of belonging to the followers of one fashionable trend in the West, if not for his next statement:

I would go to a monastery if there were beer and girls.

By the way, Mattis is far from the only former high-ranking American military man with strange nicknames. For example, in stories the US armed forces had two "Grannies". Yes, this is not a mistake: it was "Granny" that was the name of the famous General of the Civil War in the United States, Robert Lee, as well as General Elwell Stephen Otis, famous for his participation in the wars with Spain and the Philippines. However, Robert Lee was also called "The Marble Man" for his excellent studies at West Point.

If Mattis was called "rabid dog", then another of his contemporary - General John Abizaid, by the way, the only such high-ranking American military of Arab origin (Abizaid is from Jordan), received the nickname "Rabid Arab". Abizaid, who turned 69 this year, in 2003-2007. headed the US Central Command. This is a combat general, behind whose shoulders participation in operations in Grenada, Iraq and Yugoslavia.

For four years, from 2015 to 2019, the Committee of the Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces was headed by "Aggressive Joe" - as General Joseph Dunford was called in the American army. A Marine and a hereditary military man, Dunford earned this nickname for his fighting style during the 2003 Iraq War.

But, you must admit, you can be a "Furious Arab", and even more so, "Aggressive Joe", and even a "Mad Dog", and "Old Wooden Head" is already insulting. But that was the name of the General of the Civil War in the United States, John Bell Hood, who was considered one of the most courageous military leaders of the Confederation of the southern states and, by the way, was not at all an old man - at 48 he had already died, and received the nickname much earlier.

From Malay Tiger to Otter and Peach


Italian corps general Annibale Bergonzoli, who commanded the XXIII corps during World War II, was also unlucky with the nickname - he was called "Electric mustache". More fortunate was another high-ranking Italian - divisional general Achilla Starace, a blackshirt and close associate of Benito Mussolini: he was called the "Panther Man". Yes, and this is not an otter at all, as the British General Wingate Horde was nicknamed, famous for the creation of irregular special forces in the Middle East, Burma and Ethiopia.

The Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita had a more impressive nickname. Co-workers respectfully called him the "Malay Tiger", since it was Yamashita who commanded the Japanese troops in the capture of Malacca, and then received the post of military governor of the Philippines.

The modern American military leader David Petraeus, who in 2011-2012. headed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and before that commanded US troops in Afghanistan and was the commander of the US Central Command, nicknamed "Peach". Mark Esper, who briefly served as US Secretary of Defense under President Donald Trump, was contemptuously nicknamed "Mr. Yes" because Esper tried not to contradict the president and always agreed with his opinion. Perhaps it was this lack of initiative and personal opinion that caused Esper's short tenure in office.

As you can see, mostly nicknames of high-ranking military personnel in foreign armies are associated either with the peculiarities of their personality, or with some important events in which they happened to participate. The nicknames themselves also differ - from respectful to dismissive. Moreover, they can not always reflect the real combat successes of the generals. How can we not remember our Russian "Pasha-Mercedes", which at one time, by the way, fought bravely in Afghanistan and was actually a brave paratrooper.
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  1. Lech from Android.
    Lech from Android. 9 December 2020 18: 12
    +2
    You still don't know what nicknames the Chinese have ... in our translation it's just a poem ...
    read the nicknames of their commentators ...
    Drunken Flower Seeker
    Red pickaxe
    An employee secretly watching from under the bed:
    Watch out for reversing:
    https://inosmi.ru/social/20201119/248565864.html
    1. Clear
      Clear 9 December 2020 20: 14
      +8
      For example, the general said that he was "damn fun to shoot some people."

      This is a common, vile criminal negative
      1. Boris ⁣ Shaver
        Boris ⁣ Shaver 10 December 2020 00: 42
        +2
        Quote: Clear
        This is a common, vile criminal

        An unusual vile criminal.
  2. Egoza
    Egoza 9 December 2020 18: 14
    +4
    Any nicknames reflect the characteristic features of a person, just not all of them notice.
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 9 December 2020 18: 19
      +3
      Quote: Egoza
      Any nicknames reflect the characteristics of a person,

      Therefore, they are given. People notice everything and give their assessment to everything.
      Here is an example
      How can we not remember our Russian "Pasha-Mercedes", which at one time, by the way, fought bravely in Afghanistan and was actually a brave paratrooper.
      1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
        Kote Pan Kokhanka 10 December 2020 05: 35
        +1
        ... and the "old wooden head" is already insulting.

        He also bore the nicknames: big leg and wooden boot!
        Although where is the famous General "Leather Tits" !!! laughing
  3. Lipchanin
    Lipchanin 9 December 2020 18: 17
    +1
    , and the "Old Wooden Head" is already insulting

    Class good
  4. Mouse
    Mouse 9 December 2020 18: 25
    +5
    Grandmothers, grandmothers ...
    Grandmothers are old women ... wassat
    1. A good one
      A good one 9 December 2020 18: 57
      +4
      Quote: Mouse
      Grandmothers, grandmothers ...
      Grandmothers are old women ... wassat

      https://youtu.be/gffZRbGVJG4
      Gold words. hi
    2. Clear
      Clear 9 December 2020 20: 11
      +5
      Quote: Mouse
      Grandmothers, grandmothers ...
      Grandmothers are old women ... wassat

      We will also have fighting grandmothers wink


      Hi, there love
  5. Charik
    Charik 9 December 2020 18: 28
    +2
    Taburetkin is a weird nickname, I wonder what Shoigu has
    1. Virus-free crown
      Virus-free crown 10 December 2020 00: 37
      0
      Quote: Charik
      Taburetkin is a weird nickname, I wonder what Shoigu has

      By the way good Indeed, what I have never heard of any nicknames - about Shoigu never anywhere recourse
    2. Megatron
      Megatron 10 December 2020 23: 35
      0
      The reindeer herder.
      1. Charik
        Charik 13 December 2020 17: 11
        0
        maybe by nationality, who is he, but Tuvan, navryatli a reindeer breeder, after all, how can you call a ship
        1. Megatron
          Megatron 14 December 2020 10: 03
          0
          Yes, in fact, a thief - he is a thief of any nation.
        2. andrew42
          andrew42 16 December 2020 14: 58
          0
          Not otherwise than Chingiz :) The native land of the great khan is almost Tuva, and the people there are very militant.
  6. Ros 56
    Ros 56 9 December 2020 18: 37
    +2
    I would call them all jackals, they also found military operations for me, kill civilians in Iraq, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.
  7. Alexander Kopychev
    Alexander Kopychev 9 December 2020 19: 18
    +1
    Who would try to give my battalion a nickname laughing He has one nickname - COMBAT !!! soldier
  8. Old26
    Old26 9 December 2020 20: 46
    +3
    Quote: Ros 56
    I would call them all jackals, they also found military operations for me, kill civilians in Iraq, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.

    Sorry, Yuri, and you also propose to call "Pasha-Mercedes" a jackal? After all, many civilians have died in Afghanistan in 10 years of war? How to deal with this? for example, we had a guy at work who was injured in Afghanistan. was the navigator of EMNIP on the Yak-28 or something like that. And when their squadron commander was shot down, the squadron bombed the kishlak. I think that there were many victims among the peaceful people there. And then we have military operations, and they have "jackals" ...
    1. Alexander Kopychev
      Alexander Kopychev 9 December 2020 21: 33
      0
      Quote: Old26
      And when their squadron commander was shot down, the squadron bombed the kishlak. I think that there were many victims among the peaceful people there. And then we have military operations, and they have "jackals" ...

      Well, what can you say? Never mind! No one in this village will forget or forgive ...
    2. Vasisualiy
      Vasisualiy 9 December 2020 23: 48
      +3
      I won't talk about combat. But gentlemen officers, both senior and junior, probably have not forgotten the glorious generals in their chases:
      - "Sportsman" Podliza Gorbachev Lizichev (PU GSVG)
      - "Doctor" (Lushev, Commander-in-Chief of the GSVG 1985)) ("Comrade Colonel, does your health condition prevent you from performing your official duties?")
      - "Photographer" (Head of the GSVG PU circa 1985-86) ("Comrade Captain, I'm taking pictures of you ,,,")
      - "Taburetkin" No comment. It is common knowledge.
      There were enough of my nicknames ...
  9. 7,62h54
    7,62h54 9 December 2020 21: 23
    -2
    Well, we also have people in a cap with a cockade, who loves to make savory chops from people, beating off their liver. Moreover, he buys a borsch set three times more expensive.
  10. Catfish
    Catfish 9 December 2020 21: 25
    +3
    This general of the American army, a participant in the Normandy landings and battles in Europe, wore the nickname "Old Iron Tits" because he always carried two fragmentation grenades on his chest. But I don't remember his last name.
    1. Alexander Kopychev
      Alexander Kopychev 9 December 2020 21: 40
      +4
      Old iron tits

      In English, it sounds shorter - Old iron tits. This is Matthew Ridgway
  11. Catfish
    Catfish 9 December 2020 21: 28
    +2
    This is a combat general, behind whom he participated in operations in Grenada, Iraq and Yugoslavia.

    For Iraq I will not say anything, but what was there such "fighting" in Grenada and Yugoslavia?
  12. AAK
    AAK 10 December 2020 10: 32
    +1
    Well, in terms of the negativity of the nickname, it is difficult for anyone to surpass "Zhorka the Butcher" ...
  13. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 10 December 2020 10: 57
    +1
    The old tradition of mercenaries is to give each other strange and seemingly offensive nicknames. Such bravado is cool - they say I don't care, and I won't be offended by stupidity, but the fact that my comrades gave me a nickname is already a great honor. In the mercenary squad, not everyone has nicknames, but only the coolest and most famous. The American army is a gang of bandits and scum. A mercenary differs from a bandit only in that he openly announces his employers.
  14. Blue fox
    Blue fox 10 December 2020 12: 49
    +2
    In fact, nicknames at first, and sometimes at second glance, may not reflect the professional or personal qualities of a person. At one time I knew two colonels with the nicknames "The head is a soft seat on which they sit with the letter" J. "In the first case, it was an officer who, in his lieutenant years, suffered from a rocket fuel explosion and was badly burned, because of which he transplanted skin onto his face from a soft spot, a strong pro, albeit with a difficult character, but it was impossible not to respect him.Another was a narcissistic statutory nerd aiming at the wearers of "sweatpants", because of his decisions there were unjustified losses.