Author Topic: War Stories for Boys  (Read 562 times)

Offline Dylan di Vilde

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War Stories for Boys
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:00:03 AM »

I happened to look
through an old comic book,
the type that I swallowed up years ago
where square jawed commandos defeated the foe -
devious enemies cursing their luck
when faced with the Tommies’ unshakable pluck.
Their attacks they regretted
when they got bayonetted
and whenever they’d feel
that deadly cold steel
I always did wonder just why it should be
that the Krauts exclaimed Aaaaarrgh and the Japs cried Aeeeeii!

I read these a lot
and when someone got shot
it was Aaaaarrgh when they ruined the fun
of the Hun
and Aeeeeii whenever the Nips
had their chips.

I’m not even sure they’re on the same par -
Aeeeeii always seemed much less painfull than Aaaaarrgh.
Is Japan such a stoic resilient nation?
Or was it that something got lost in translation?

But time has moved on and perhaps there’s some law
that means nobody writes stuff like that any more.
I bet it’s now racist or less than PC
to say Krauts all go Aaaaarrgh whilst the Japs go Aeeeeii!

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Offline Mark T

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Re: War Stories for Boys
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2018, 03:58:33 PM »
 ;D ;D
Brilliant stuff. I read and enjoyed those war story picture books as a kid too. It's where i picked up my smattering of German, Achtung, schweinhund, donnerwetter, and of course Aaaaarrrgh...