Fubar is a terminology used during World War II to describe a mission that had been severely messed up or an event that was complete chaos. A mission that is coined this usually had a terrible outcome that led to many being killed.

Some people and soldiers even still use today, usually War veterans.

In The FilmEdit

It was constantly used by Captian Miller and his men during their search for Ryan. A soldier called Lieutenant Dewindt knew what it meant as well.

Only Upham did not know what it meant until Mellish indirectly told him when they were having a conversation whilst collecting ammunition. This was also the last time "Fubar" was said in the film.


There are two meanings. They are:

Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition (clean version).

F**ked Up Beyond All Recognition (what the army commonly meant it to be).