Tank Museum discovers lost AA Milne poem hailing WWI invention of the tank

The Telegraph of London is reporting on a long lost poem by Winnie the Pooh creator AA Milne on the invention of tanks during WWI.  We had posted about this story last month as part of a “news around the net” style post, but we figured since it has come up in a major newspaper, the story merits mentioning again.  Anyway, it’s not often that we get to post about poetry.


A‘lost’ poem by Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne heralding the invention of the tank in World War One has been discovered.

The work was penned by the former soldier six years before he created the Pooh stories. It was for a fundraising performance to support the Tank Corps Prisoners of War Fund in November 1918.

The poem eulogises the new British weapon which Milne repeatedly describes as ‘those wonderful tanks’.

He writes how the tanks ‘will flatten a wood if the covers too good’ and how its guns ‘rat-tat-tat, as it opens on Fritz, and he runs like a rat’.

Full article here.  Also, be sure to check out the  Tank Muesum’s Tank 100 blog to read more about this story.


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