Recently while reading a World War Two book, The Path to Victory by Douglas Porch, I came across a word which I was unfamiliar with. The word is stonk which means a concentrated artillery bombardment. It is said to be formed from elements of the artillery term Standard Regimental Concentration. Bruce Cutler who was a poet who served in the Naples campaign in 1944 wrote a poem about it:

your stonk is your American way of winning the war

your stonk is when you take your whole production, Rock Island

Arsenal ’42 or whatever arsenal

in South Carolina, South Dakota, no difference

you throw it at the krauts from six to eight a.m.

maybe add a naval stonk to your stonk being the really big suckers that take out the little towns on the mountainsides…

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