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How The Beano Mocked Hitler

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Probably won't mean much to anyone outside the British sphere of influence, but here goes.
    "A COLLECTION of wartime editions of The Beano containing morale-boosting comic strips ridiculing Adolf Hitler has come to light over 70 years later. The amusing storylines that featured in the classic comic include one of Desperate Dan single-handedly defeating the German navy by drinking the Baltic Sea dry.
    Another humorous storyline involved Lord Snooty and His Pals flying to Germany in a captured Luftwaffe plane to hide a canister of laughing gas in a lectern Hitler was later to deliver a speech at.
    But as he gave his hard-hitting, rousing address he was met with cries of laughter from his audience of Nazi officials intoxicated by the gas.
    And a comic strip for the character Pansy Potter has her going fishing only to hook a German U-boat which is captured by the Home Guard when brought ashore.
    Copies of The Beano were printed throughout the war as part of the ongoing propaganda campaign to give the public the impression of Britain defeating the enemy, even though those reading it were aged between eight and 12.
    They were the work of publishers DC Thompson and it was said that Hitler was so offended by them the firm's offices in Dundee were put on the Luftwaffe bombing list at one point.
    Some 23 copies of The Beano that were published between 1942 and 1945 have now been put up for sale by a private collector who acquired them in the 1960s.
    They are being sold in two lots by Comic Book Auctions of London."
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    CAC Ace of Spades

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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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