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Old 06-12-2019, 07:50 PM
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When the Tigers Broke Free


Is It Fusiliers C or Z?
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:26 PM
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There is no doubt a lot of discussion about this on the net. Before committing myself to the rabbit hole, I will suggest that Roger Waters, being English, would not say “zee”, he would say “zed”.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:33 PM
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The rabbit hole informs me that Eric Fletcher Waters, Roger’s father, died while in Z Company. Pronouncing Z the American way was presumably done for the rhyme.

https://www.britishempire.co.uk/forc...ericwaters.htm

Edit: In that photo, Waters’ mother looks so much like Roger that I thought it was a young Roger until I remembered that his father died when he was just a baby.

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Old 06-12-2019, 08:47 PM
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ispatches.html

This story includes a war diary that describes how Z Company (“Z coy”) were attacked and overrun. The text of the story states that the diary says Lt Waters was killed, however the diary clearly says “Walters.” Presumably a typo in the diary but it’s not clear how it’s been confirmed that the writer intended to write “Waters”.

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Old 06-13-2019, 11:23 AM
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Huh. I've been listening to that song for over 30 years and it never once occurred to me that it was Z and not C. Thanks for the info!
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