At this juncture the usual inappropriate message came through from Division. Division could always be trusted to send a warning about verdigris on vermorel-sprayers, or the keeping of pets in trenches, or being polite to our allies, or some other triviality, exactly when an attack was in progress.

Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That, Chapter 20

A vermorel sprayer was a portable sprayer used in World War I to disperse gas residue in low-lying areas such as trenches.

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