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Despite the common mistake that jerry comes from the sound the Ger in the word German makes, Jerry actually refers to the Helmets worn by the Germans during WWI, which to their opponents resembled Chamber Pots, or Jerries.

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The term "Jerries" was a slang or derogatory term used by British soldiers during World War II to refer to German troops. It likely originated as a shortened form of the name "German" and was used as a way to dehumanize the enemy.

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