• 1915. The curiosities of the front-line life or why monkeys die in a strange climate

  • During the First world war left a lot of comic magazines and special humorous issues regular publications. Typically, the jokes were not particularly designed for literate soldiers spending in the trenches and on the front almost all the time and looking for some entertainment. In the compilation of the Petrograd magazine "War" for 1914 and 1915 we have found some special comic releases. One of them (No. 19) was called "Funny scary" out of him and taken the stories below.

    Soldiers our niezlobivy and love to joke...

    Our trenches were within close distance from the German, and the Germans every morning out of their trenches, and took off their helmets and screamed our:
    - Morgen!.
    - Morgen, Morgen, " answered our soldiers and waved the Germans caps...

    For the Germans, these performances have ended very badly. Our battalion was replaced, and the trenches were occupied by new soldiers, which had been established "traditions". And as soon as I saw the morning the Germans, shouting to them "Morgen", opened fire and many of them were killed. Of course, the Germans did not appear and was sitting in the trenches...

    Between our trenches and German potato field was located. Often Russian soldiers and the Germans threw down their weapons and agreed, dug potatoes, exchanged tobacco and cigars and talking very comfortably. And then, after a few minutes, they were enemies, and sent each other lead gifts.

    Talk about a funny case of the surrender of the Austrian drivers. Austrian General broke the driver, and then, drunk, went somewhere in the car and... fell asleep in it. Then the offended driver brought his General to Russian and put into captivity along with the car!

    - Glad tidings. Russian Cossack captured, Herr Colonel.
    - Well done! Bring him here.
    - If he... disappeared, Herr Colonel.
    - Yak same-W? Those ladaki Varsovie not asterelle? Let them in here!
    - Hard!-Mr. Colonel. Prisoner with them... took a.

    - The British sank four German ship!
    - That the Germans joy: all increases and increases their submarine fleet!

    ***

    - Now I know why monkeys die in a foreign climate.
    - Why?
    - After all, a monkey, a German invented, and sturdy German nothing to invent!

    ***

    Write that in Germany all cases in decline.
    - Well, no: the buyers of stolen goods make great money!

    ***

    - Bring me proof of the truthfulness of the saying: "What the
    Russian great, the German death?"
    - However, we do not hide, and German hides.

    ***

    - In the paper that Kaiser Wilhelm had already distributed
    39,000 iron crosses.
    - And yet neither on him nor on his soldiers of the cross there is no!

    ***

    - Now I know why monkeys die in a foreign climate.
    - Why?
    - After all, a monkey, a German invented, and sturdy German nothing to invent!

    ***

    - The British sank four German ship!
    - That the Germans joy: all increases and increases their submarine fleet!

    The magazine "War", №19 "Funny scary". Petrograd, 1915

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