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What's the meaning of "telltale" and "pitch" in this context?

A 'telltale' is literally someone who reveals something about another person that they would rather have not had revealed. The word is used as an adjective to describe something that similarly reveals ...
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What's the meaning of "telltale" and "pitch" in this context?

Your interpretation of the word "telltale" is correct. See also this definition from the Cambridge dictionary referring to "important information". The word "pitch" is ...
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What is meant by the verb 'to class' (used in a military context)?

Yes, it's a shortened form of "classify". It's recognized in this dictionary definition: American Heritage Dictionary "class" transitive verb: To arrange, group, or rate according to qualities or ...
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In 1881, what would a British Army Captain have meant by a "presumption" when reporting to his Major General?

You'll find presumption in the dictionary. Lexico's second definition is: Behaviour perceived as arrogant, disrespectful, and transgressing the limits of what is permitted or appropriate. They give ...
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Meaning of “short"

According to this reference (addressing the same quote), "short" in military slang means that a person is about to finish his tour of duty and expects to return home soon.
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Military slang: colors instead of flag

It's not so much slang as an extended or metonymous use. The sense development is fairly clear. The OED has it like this: 1. A hue or tint. d. A colour, or each of a combination of colours, ...
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What does "the brass" mean, exactly, in military context?

"Brass to the grass" also refers to the proper loading alignment of U.S. military belt-fed machine guns. The individual rounds are linked together with dark colored clips that are stripped off as they ...
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