Monday, August 27, 2007

It Was A Funny Old World But It Wasn't All Hopscotch And Conkers

I brought you this report last week on the impending auction of Nazi board games.
Failure To Bomb The Tommies Will Result In Detention After School. Sieg Heil

Well it would appear the Brits had there own little propaganda moral boosting industry as well.

Nazi-era board games are being auctioned this week, one with points given for bombing UK cities. But what were British children playing during WWII? It wasn't all hopscotch and conkers, the Brits had their own propaganda games.

Model Spitfires and Hurricanes were commonplace in the toy boxes of the 1940s. The war touched every aspect of life and had a profound effect on childhood.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill demanded that all the country's energies were dedicated to the war effort. Board games, it seems, were no exception.........

And not to be left out the Yankee Doodles geared up for the war effort.

Even before the US had entered the war, DC Comics were firmly opposed to Hitler's Nazi regime. Marvel Comics Captain America was also depicted to beat up Hitler and Superman was so anti-Nazi that German propaganda minister Goebbels felt moved to attack the Man of Steel as a Jew..more


Anonymous said...

As Churchill tried to forge an alliance with the United States, Hitler made him the gift of another powerful ally - the Soviet Union. Despite his intense hatred of the Communists, Churchill had no hesitation in sending aid to Russia and defending Stalin in public. "If Hitler invaded Hell," he once remarked, "I would at least make a favourable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons."

Himself said...

Thanks Maren, I hadn't seen that.

Choosing, as the fellow has, to ignore the content of the clip on both occasions and go off on his own wee tangent.

I paraphrase, Thatcher to Pinochet:

"You brought democracy to Chile."

Fuck me!

Whatever next, a Nobel for Kissinger?