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I believe the headline “Montgomery flies back to front” (Letters, 27 June), also misattributed to Macarthur, dates from the second world war, whereas that other old standby, “French push bottles up Germans” first appeared during the first world war. As for the Fuchs headline (Letters, 26 June), I can vouch for the fact that not long before I went to work for the Diamond Fields Advertiser in Kimberley, the paper had aroused worldwide mirth with “Sir Vivian Fuchs off to Antarctica again”.
• Rabbie Burns coined the phrase “do or die” 60 years before Tennyson’s “do and die” (Letters, 27 June). “Scots Wha Hae” celebrated the Battle of Bannockburn, in the first war of Scottish Independence. Perhaps apposite given the current political fault lines (Boris Johnson’s full English Brexit could rip the union apart, 27 June).