Some may be aware of this, but I had no idea about A.A. Milne’s wartime service and the connection to these beloved stories.
In an interesting post by We Are The Mighty, Eric Milzarski theorizes that A. A. Milne, an English author and veteran of both World Wars, wrote Winnie the Pooh to explain the harsh reality of war to his own child when he penned the 1926 children’s classic.
As a young man,Alan Alexander Milne stood up for King and Country when it was announced that the United Kingdom had entered World War I. In 1915, he was commissioned as an officer member of the Royal Corps of Signals into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Soon after, he was sent to France to fight in the Battle of the Somme.
The description, “Hell on Earth” is apt, but doesn’t come close to fully describing the carnage of what became the bloodiest battle…
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