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Heath Robinson At War Hardcover – Aug 1978

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  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Duckworth (Aug. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715613189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715613184
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jane on 26 Aug. 2014
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This is a collection of cartoons about fighting in, and life in Britain in, World War I. Heath Robinson was famous for making up gloriousl inventions of wonderful misplaced ingenuity held together by knotted string, My favourite here is a large magnet suspended on lengths of string and chain over the edge of a cliff, controlled by a winch, which causes the German sentry's bayonet to bend. Another is an underground pump for siphonin off some of a sentry's supper beer.The bicycles equopped with tennis racquets mounted like rotor blades which bat back artillery shells is also fun, though I am not sure why the British soldiers pedalling madly are wearing tropical helments ( solar topees). Laughing is a good way of raising morale: the cartoons of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather which raised laughs about life in the trenches( which must have been unspeakable) were hugely popular with the very men fighting in those trenches. Heath Robinson also had a sly look at wartime propaganda in a series of drawings called "Wangling War Films : How to Make and Fake Them", reproduced in this book. Heath Robinson also drew cartoons in World War 2, but mostly of life in Britain; the Nazis were perhaps beyond humour. He died in 1944. As documents of social history, these cartoons are intriguing and invaluable
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By T. Ferrero on 20 May 2013
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How can you laugh at war scenes? Well you can with Heath Robinson humour. A beautiful book. Sadly the reproduction quality is not always great (more like a Black and white photocopy of a colour print.
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