Sponsored Content
« Fantastic Essay: Rote Expressions of Alleged "Outrage" Are Not Enough To Combat Terrorism | Main | Finally: Britain Cracks Down On Those Exploiting the System to Encourage Hate »
May 24, 2013

Secret Documents Reveal Winnie the Pooh Author A. A. Milne Was an Officer of MI7b During the Great War

That headline there?

That's a big fat lie.

Well, it's the truth, but it's misleading. I learned this from the media. MI7b was a propaganda-writing outfit, not a frontline espionage group.

This was actually revealed last month but it didn't attract much notice.

Secret documents saved from a skip have shed new light on Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne's clandestine role as a propagandist in the First World War.

All evidence of MI7b, the secret military intelligence unit where AA Milne was based, was feared lost - because government officials ordered the destruction of its entire archive.

But 150 classified documents were taken home by Captain James Lloyd and remained a secret for nearly 100 years, including a never-before seen satirical poem by Milne.

It imagines what famous great writers like Tennyson and Shakespeare would have written had they been propaganda writers in MI7b.

Milne became a pacifist after the war and the verse shows his struggle with the work he undertook.

It should be noted that although he became a pacifist, he modified his pacifism a bit to support, sorta, the war against the Nazis.

Incidentally, he had a great big feud with legendary Wooster & Jeeves writer P.G. Wodehouse. Part of this was due to Wodehouse's behavior during WWII -- he had not gotten out of France when the Nazis invaded and he and his wife were captured as... Prisoners of War? Civilians?

Anyway, the Nazis offered him a deal: Do 4 or 5 radio programs for us, and we'll let you and your wife depart back for England. Wodehouse took the deal. His programs were not pro-Nazi -- they actually poked fun at them -- but still, doing cute comedic radio programs for the Nazis just to save one's own skin did not go down well with Milne, who, despite his pacifism, was still pretty anti-Nazi.

digg this
posted by Ace at 04:24 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Duke Lowell : "With butter, please! ..."

Duke Lowell : "Posted by: SMH at what's coming at June 09, 2023 0 ..."

Hadrian the Seventh: " It's not crystals, because the gross pattern is ..."

lin-duh: " "Trump threw these people under the bus." You ..."

Dash my lace wigs!: "41 *peers in cautiously* Posted by: bluebell at J ..."

bluebell: "Still have some, Duke! With butter or without? ..."

ace: "thanks, a large bubble in the swamp.! ..."

Piper: "Is that the equivalent of bear zoomies? ..."

ace: ">>>12 Giant's Causeway made famous by the cover of ..."

Skip : "Hadrian good luck to Delilah ..."

Alberta Oil Peon: "off, bubbly sock ..."

SMH at what's coming: ""The most terrifying force of death, comes from th ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64