British Phonetic Alphabets 1904-1926

Note: The increasing use of radio-telephones and the concurrent likelihood of misunderstanding what the other person was trying to yell over poor instruments, especially during combat, led to the common practice of substituting a word for each letter of the alphabet.  As usual with much military technology, navies often saw the advantages of this sort of system before their landlubber compatriots.

I've only been able to find the British phonetic alphabets for the Great War. If anyone has a US, French, or German list, I'd appreciate it if you'd pass it on to me.

Letter 1904 1914 Royal Navy
Great War
A ACK ACK APPLES
B BEER BEER BUTTER
C C C CHARLIE
D D DON DUFF
E E E EDWARD
F F F FREDDY
G G G GEORGE
H H H HARRY
I I I INK
J J J JOHNNIE
K K K KING
L L L LONDON
M EMMA EMMA MONKEY
N N N NUTS
O O O ORANGE
P PIP PIP PUDDING
Q Q Q QUEENIE
R R R ROBERT
S ESSES ESSES SUGAR
T TOC TOC TOMMY
U U U UNCLE
V VIC VIC VINEGAR
W W W WILLIAM
X X X XERXES
Y Y Y YELLOW
Z Z* Z* ZEBRA

*pronounced "zed" by British Dominion, "zee" by Yanks. 

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