Etappenschweine = Rear swine. Frontline troops’ name for rear service troops. Combat soldiers generally despised the rear service troops, a common sentiment in all armies, but especially prevalent in the German forces and even more so on the Eastern Front. Compare to Frontschweine. Frontschweine = Front pigs. Rear service troops’ name for Frontsoldaten (front soldiers). It was derived using Schweine, as in wir armen Schweine (“we poor pigs”), a self-deprecating, but distinguishing nickname. Frontsoldaten sometimes referred to themselves with this nickname.