I'd known that Wodehouse, who was famous for his sunny disposition, had let the matter pass aside from writing one short story that created a Milne analogue in order to mock his poetry.
What I had not known until tonight/yesterday is that Wodehouse took a few more digs at Milne, the best of which took the form of a joke that goes something like this:
Wodehouse was once reported to have said
that he had started a “Try to Like A.A. Milne
Club.” There were no takers, until one man
joined, only to resign a week later. “Since
joining the association,” he explained, “I have
met Mr. Milne.”
For more details about the two men's uneasy relationship, see
For a much more detailed account of Wodehouse's wartime broadcasts, see the book WODEHOUSE AT WAR, which I think (it's been a long time since I read it) includes at least some of the actual broadcasts in the interest of letting those curious read and decide for themselves.
current reading: WOULD I FIGHT, ed. Keith Briant & Lyall Wilkes (1938)
*author of the Winnie-the-Pooh and Bertie-and-Jeeves stories, respectively
**most people don't think creating the rough equivalent of HOGAN'S HEROES is a war crime. Milne however had a job to do at the propaganda department and wanted to make an example of Wodehouse.