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MUGGE (Maximilian A.) The War Diary of a Square Peg. With a Dictionary of War Words. 1st Ed., xii+224pp. Routledge. 1920  #56036
[HLMainPic] The author was a man of letters & a naturalized British subject of Hanoverian origin, finding his name a hindrance in his efforts to contribute to the war effort: 7/9/15 "My offer of service to a local Unit of the VAD has been turned down. As usual the name did it. And it is quite useless apparently to refer to one's British citizenship..." In 1916, however, he was accepted for the infantry & trained in the UK, passed fit for Home Service & supervised Conscientious Objectors at their fatigues. Got to France in the Non-Combatant Corps & employed working in docks &c. Falls states: "His book gives some notion of the tragedy of those with German names or parentage in the War, but its bitterness prevents our sympathy from being as warm as it might have been." Orig. red cloth, circ. lib. label inside rear cover o/w VG, unusual angle & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45


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