The Origins Of Over The Top

During the First World War, a charge over the protective battery next to a trench was said to be going over the top. Such a charge by the soldiers resulted in many casualties, as do most war maneuvers.  Since the casualty/death rate is high in such action. People who did were said to be going over the top, they considered it a brave gesture and now the phrase has somewhat become associated with that and excessive actions.

Interesting fact, 116,000 soldiers of US army died in a short period of seven months. Some by going over the top…

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