Date: Mon, 19 Jan 1998 00:16:24 -0600
From: "Donald M. Lance" engdl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: "shake and bake" (=explosives)
Paul Dickson's _War Slang_ presents "shake and bake" as a verb: "to
employ a mixture of weapons in an attack." The expression arose during the
I assume that "shake and bake" refers to bombs that destroy via their
explosive force ("shake") and to incendiary bombs ("bake"). Incendiary
bombs were use in World War 2. Were they also used in the Gulf War?
My uninformed, off-the-top-of-my-head assumption would be that it refers to
buying separate ingredients (fertilizer, diesel fuel) and mixing them up
and then inserting detonators. The run like hell.