IT’S ALL A BIT HEATH ROBINSON
Re-inventing the First World War

LUCINDA GOSLING
In association with Mary Evans Picture Library
144pp 150 ILLUS (70 COLOUR) 2015 LIST PRICE: £9.99 (P) AA74

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Combining a distinctive draughtsmanship with a curious and ingenious mind, the advent of the First World War inspired Heath Robinson to dream up a series of increasingly outlandish and bizarre military inventions with which the opposing armies would try to outwit each other. From the Kaiser’s campaigning car or a suggestion for an armoured bayonet curler, to post-war ‘unbullying’ of beef, these cartoons are a fantastically absurd take on wartime technology and home-front life. Sadly, his inventions were rejected by a (fictitious) ‘Inventions Board’, but the charm and eccentricity of his ideas was loved by the public and he remains one of the finest exponents of humorous British art.