Barlog, Ferdinand.


Berlin, 2nd (?) ed., 1942. Unpaginated (c.80 pp.) Profusely illustrated with cartoons. Pict. c.c., 27 x 21cm. Some wear to covers but sound ; brief contemporary inscription bottom of title-page (28th August 1942) o/w V.G. German text but chiefly consisting of cartoon drawings, Barlog’s "Funny Soldier’s Manual" provides jokes, deliberately in colloquial language, of Nazi sailors, soldiers and airmen. Some sources say that the book was first published in Berlin in 1938. Barlog was one of Germany’s favourite comic-strip artists around the Second World War. He fought during the First World War and in 1916 was captured by the Russians, being released in 1918. The aim of this book was to remove any doubts or fears of young Germans joining the armed forces. After the war, in 1953, he went to live in the US where he died two years later. Each page of the book contains a full-page cartoon with a short German inscription.

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