An unusual game, dating to the First World War, in which the aim is launch a ball at five chromolithographed wooden heads representing the "Boche" (or Germans) and the leaders of the other Central Powers, consisting of Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire, with the goal of knocking the heads over to reveal the word "Kamerad!" printed to the base of each. Full length when assembled is approx. 37 inches, board with leaders' heads measures approx. 14-1/2 inches long. Original cardboard box with title printed to lid and label with typed instructions affixed to underside of lid, contents loose as issued, original elastic band not present. Paris (Perplexité) n.d. (circa 1916).
This game comes with multiple pieces. To set up the game, two long dowels are inserted into the board holding the targets. At the other end of these two dowels is placed a middle board, from which the elastic is stretched. Two more dowels are inserted into this center board, and at the other end is placed the L-shaped "shield", or the point to which the elastic holding the ball is stretched and from where the ball is launched. A fascinating and rare game from a vital point in world history; as of January 2019, WorldCat does not locate any holdings of this piece. Book ID: 49000