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Captain Stable
22nd Apr 2009, 10:17
I have recently returned to the UK from beautiful upstate NY where I was attending West Point for the Sandhurst Competition.

Sadly, this year Sandhurst were unable to repeat their performance of last year, when their two teams came respectively 1st. and 2nd., the RMC Canada this year taking the trophy.

One thing that I have been puzzling over is the US Army's expression as in the title of this thread.

I head many times "Go Army! [Sink Navy] [Beat Navy]*" and then the peculiar grunt "Hurrrrrr!", echoed by all listeners.

What does this "Hurrrr" thing mean?

Can any US contributors (preferably former or current Army inmates) enlighten me please?

* Delete as appropriate

22nd Apr 2009, 10:30
Hurrrr? It reads in the Scots dialect like the sound I used to make as a wee laddie playing Japs and Paras, spraying a clip of bullets as I ran for cover. Maybe a military connection there?

22nd Apr 2009, 10:36
A clipped version of "Hurrah" maybe ?

22nd Apr 2009, 10:38
Sounds like the noise my father makes when clearing his throat whilst on the telephone :}

I thought that the cousins had a cry for each branch, e.g OOH-RAHH Semper Fidelis!



22nd Apr 2009, 10:47
like the sound I used to make as a wee laddie playing Japs and Paras

Need to brush up on military history laddie, the Paras never fought the Japs.

Although they did see action in the Far East, post WWII.

22nd Apr 2009, 11:41
Maybe it is the distaff equivalent of Hymn?

Captain Stable
22nd Apr 2009, 11:44
As in the "Battle Hurrrrr of the Republic"? :E

Ace Rimmer
22nd Apr 2009, 11:46
was the pronuciation more Who-ahhh?

Captain Stable
22nd Apr 2009, 11:48
Ace - possibly. Perhaps whilst there I should have requested a spelling... :8

tony draper
22nd Apr 2009, 11:49
We called it Japs and Americans,possible foreseeing the time like today when Hollywood would write everybody but themselves out of WW2,twer invariably the fat specky boys who were obliged to be Japs under the threat of a good thumping,we generally won,fat specky boys having a particular dislike for soot bombs landing in their ranks.

Rev I. Tin
22nd Apr 2009, 12:09
During my last stint in the sandpit I asked some chap what all this hollering hoooaaaaaaaaaah was all about. I was told it was a US Army acknowledgement to a command.

Hooah from Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heard_Understood_Acknowledged)

Heard it.
Understood it.
Acknowledged it.

22nd Apr 2009, 12:48
Hurrr - the sound one makes just before....:yuk:

22nd Apr 2009, 12:58
I was told it was a US Army acknowledgement to a command.
So sort of like 'Roger'?
(or is it Wilco?)

Captain Stable
22nd Apr 2009, 17:04
From that Wiki link posted by7 Rev. I Tin:-Spc. Karim Khaldy once got through an entire day of basic training by only responding with Hooah to questions asked of him. It is not known if this feat has ever been or will ever be duplicated.

Lon More
22nd Apr 2009, 17:14
What other sounds would you expect from a bunch of knuckle draggers?

22nd Apr 2009, 17:58
WaydaGo RMC


Der absolute Hammer
22nd Apr 2009, 18:09
Possibly of limited help but you know...infomrative anyway...
During WW1, in 1915 anyway, on the Italian/Austro Hungarian Empire front, in what is today, unfotunately, Italy, the Itlian battle cry was 'Savoy', the Bosnian was 'Zivila Austrija' and the Austro hungarian battle cry was 'Hurrah'.
Mind you also..when .Johny came marching home again he was also singing Hurrah, Hurrah.
In the reality, I think if you are running, especially with a 35kg kit pack, Hurrah, said through the pain of breathing, helps the control of the breathing, which is pretty important thing to do..Hein!

Captain Stable
22nd Apr 2009, 18:57

22nd Apr 2009, 19:13
Every branch of service has its own lexiconic mantra. It is a tradition carried over from the ancient martial arts; a transcendental
pre-battle cry which empowers the esprit de corps.

22nd Apr 2009, 19:27
Yes, true

The French

nous allons a l’arrière

22nd Apr 2009, 22:07
Early use of HU-A! sounds


22nd Apr 2009, 22:37
....or the United States Marine Corps' "Ooh-Rah! Come on you son of a
b!tches. Do you want to live forever?"


BTW, why is the left nipple exposed like that? Is that another
wardrobe malfunction?

22nd Apr 2009, 23:07
Oh no. A NIPPLE!!!! Our US friends will be in a frenzy of accusations and recriminations. "Won't someone pleeeezzzzze think of the Children"??

22nd Apr 2009, 23:20
Hu-A! Ooh-Rah! and Hoo-Rah!


Photo of the now infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction." Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that during the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake sang a duet which ended with Janet Jackson’s breast bared for the huge viewing audience to take in.

Captain Stable
23rd Apr 2009, 08:04

23rd Apr 2009, 08:59
Hu-A! Ooh-Rah! and Hoo-Rah! Ay, Over the hill with the swords of a thousand men!