Frederick Henry Townsend’s Zeppelin Picnic (1915)

Frederick Henry Townsend’s Zeppelin Picnic (1915)

Even after zeppelin attacks on London in May and June, Brits are undeterred and cannot refrain from picnicking even under threat of being gassed. Acid satire by F.H. Townsend. Featured Image: Even under threat of attack, Upper-class Brits cannot refrain from...
Alexandre Dumas’  The Three Musketeers (1844)

Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers (1844)

Among battlefield picnics, The Three Musketeers sets the pattern for sardonic humor. It’s meant as yet another instance of the Musketeers’ bravado. Still, Alexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet (his co-author) add comic relief to the serious Siege of La Rochelle and the...
Winston Churchill Picnics on the Rhine (1945)

Winston Churchill Picnics on the Rhine (1945)

Winston Churchill, England’s Prime Minister, picnicked in Holland on the Rhine River West bank with Gen. Bernard Montgomery, and Field Marshall Alan Brooke (February 1945). Allied armies had already crossed the Rhine and invaded Germany, and though the area was...
Günter Grass’ The Tin Drum (1961)

Günter Grass’ The Tin Drum (1961)

Five little Nazi’s (all dwarfs), members of Bebra’s Theater at the Front to picnic on a beach in Normandy. It’s a day off from entertaining Nazi troops, and as a special sign of favor, they are taken to the “Atlantic Wall,” an array of German artillery bunkers facing...